A PHOTOGRAPHIC LEGACY
I’ve been taking photographs pretty much all my life. My father was a sports photographer of no small renown, and he put a camera in my hands pretty much as soon as he could. Our connection with the art goes even further back - my grandfather was one of the first people in India to import and sell film stock, and his shop, the Camera Exchange, still stands at the Grand Hotel Arcade in Kolkata.
Baba, ever the rebel, decided he didn’t want to sit in a shop and sell film and cameras. Forbidden from pursuing sports as a career, he did the next best thing and started taking photographs of sporting events instead. He was the only Indian photographer to cover all of India’s matches at the 1983 Prudential World Cup, and his record of the match against Zimbabwe at Royal Tunbridge Wells remains one of the only visual records of Kapil Dev’s monumental, 175-not-out innings.
Of course, being my father’s son, I decided to stay away from photography as a profession so I wouldn’t appear to be riding his coattails. I moved to other forms of storytelling, focusing more on my writing and direction. I worked for a while as a newspaper writer, then as an assistant director in documentary films. But the deep love and appreciation of the art that he instilled in me stayed, and I kept taking photographs until, one day, I realised that this is what I wanted to do with my life.
So this is my new venture, an attempt to take the tools my father gave me and marry them to the skills I have acquired in my life — telling stories, and making movies. Thus, I will be focusing on professional photography here, for the most part, but you’ll see videos, too, as and when I get opportunities to make them.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. I hope you’ll enjoy my work.
And thanks, Baba. For everything.
As if you didn't know that already.