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'Delhi - Its Own Way' Documentary street photography by Krishnendu Chatterjee at Habitat World, IHC offers a peek into the culture, into the way of life that habitat India’s capital city.
Delhi - Its Own Way offers a peek into the culture, into the way of life that habitat India’s capital city.
Photographer Krishnendu Chatterjee has through the lens captured the fractals of momentary stillness that thread the metropolitan. Pursuing his theme through the medium of documentary street photography he has sought to capture the smaller moments that mirror the larger picture.
The exhibit Delhi - Its Own Way showcases a city that even as it is accepting of the more liberal, contemporary strains of living, can prove to be quite challenging in terms of a place to survive in. On the one hand, the city with its advancement in technology and way of life facilitates an easy lifestyle. At the same time, those very advancements come at a cost that has to be factored in by one who favours them. Even as it holds boundless opportunities for the man driven by his need to support a family, the street hawker, the career oriented girl, the madaris, the budding cricketer or the trumpet player, there is a lot to be accounted for in the insecurity and uncertainty that haunts daily life.
Delhi is an elite capital extolled in the global pages as a must visit tourist destination for the big bazaars, the Chandni Chowks, for the forts and the ruins, the handicrafts, the mandirs, masjids, gurdwaras, the church. But the essence, the finer character of what Delhi is, lies out there on the streets - be it the food, the way of life, the daily issues to be fought against and lived amongst. For the one who knows, and understands, and accepts, Delhi is home!
About the photographer : The baby steps towards photography were taken three decades ago. It was 1980. Persuaded and convinced by a fourteen years old son, the father was almost forced to gift him a camera, on the arguement that the life's first ever trip to Kashmir cannot be made without a camera. It was a Click III model. Those amateurish photos, snapped for the first time in life, were the first realisation towards the destiny. The little guy was Krishnendu Chatterjee, whose only prime identity is a son of Bengal, born and brought up amongst the rich culture of the state.
Spend more than a decade with the canvas, paints and brushes, letting the one speak through the colours, before packing up, and heading for the Capital, Delhi, where, since then, the passion for creating oneself has become a frame of mind.
A more than fifteen years work experience in the Advertising Agency as its Art Director has a tremendous beneficiary effect on his photographic works and his professional approach. His choice of frame for his photographs, gives his works a different dimension, and this has been possible only because of his Advertising Agency background. One of his favourite area of photography is Art photography. Also, his special favourite is the section of Food photography. According to him, while he works as a Food photographer, the food becomes his model. That is the reason he never consumes the foods shown in his photographs. To him, photography is as if, painting pictures with digital colours on the camera's sensor. It is no less an art form to him.
Krishnendu Chatterjee, now lives in Delhi, and his brilliant works are produced from his own studio, where he works.