Street smart

From candid moments to crowded roads, the Mumbai Art Room will play host to a lens eye view of the great drama of life that unfolds on India's streets. Indian Street Photography: Alive and Well promises to help soak in the works of 11 talented photographers through some poignant and stunning lens work

The essence of life on Indian streets has been captured by the numerous photographs on display at the Mumbai Art Room.

Chirodeep Chaudhuri, Goat @motor Shop

The exhibition titled, Indian Street Photography: Alive and Well, spans across three decades and brings out the different moods and flavours of Indian street life.

Camera Call
The Indian street photography at the exhibition features works by 11 acclaimed photographers Ravi Agarwal, Pablo Bartholomew, Chirodeep Chaudhuri, Shahid Datawala, Dhruv Malhotra, Anne Maniglier, Zubin Pastakia, Ram Rahman, Riddhi Shah, Ketaki Sheth, and Sooni Taraporevala.

The photographs on display range from those tackling hard-hitting subjects like poverty to those of abandoned cars or a scene of a man reading a newspaper sitting beside a goat on the street. Whatever the subject matter, these photographs taken on Indian streets, make a compelling visual statement.

Ravi Agarwal, Construction Site, 2010

Chirodeep Chaudhuri feels that street photography has changed over the years. "Today, it seems to be more of a fad. Earlier, we used to be told to get out and take offbeat photographs.
Today, that doesn't happen too often," he says. Having started shooting 18 years back, he feels that the way street photography has evolved may also be because of the way journalism has changed over the years.

"With street photography, there was the chance that you walked on a street for seven hours but came back empty-handed. Nevertheless, you had to step out. The thrill of being on the street was very inviting," he says adding, "Only if you do that will you be able to capture candid moments, a slice of life."

Sooni Taraporevala, Untitled, Kolkata, 2011

Ram Rahman, says that street photography has changed owing to the fact that streets have changed and so has technology. "The street is always changing. Earlier we saw hand-made paintings and hoardings. Today, they are all digital. The character of the street is constantly changing.
The advances of technology are also responsible for the changing street photography scene," he says adding that his photograph, which is on display at the exhibition, was taken with a digital camera, which could not have been possible 15 years ago.

Riddhi Shah, Untitled, 2011

Rahman is positive about such themes: "It brings out the character of each of the photographers. The exhibition shows how different people's visions are. It's a wide sweep of different ways of looking at the street." Go ahead, take a walk.

TILL January 6, 11 am to 7 pm
At Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, back gate, opposite Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta
Lane, Colaba.
Call 9769950136
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