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SK Rahman-the photographer

"Photography should reflect the reality. It should act as a mirror to the trials and tribulations faced by the society. Unfortunately today photography is constricted to fashion and modelling." These are the hard hitting statements of SK Rahman, a prominent photographer of contemporary life in India. Rahman who is working as an Associate Professor in JNTU College of Fine Arts has taken breath taking pictures on nature and the society and is planning to take some poignant images of children working in the bangle industry in Chudi Bazaar area of the old city. "Little children are working under pathetic conditions in the bangle industry. I want to incarcerate these moving images in my camera", said Rahman who recently conducted a photo exhibition on the street life of Kolkatta.

'Upar garam niche thanda'The photo exhibition 'Nukkad-The Street Life of Kolkatta' brought into light the simple life style of Kolkatta, the polluted Ganga river and the darkness in the lives of the people living in the red light area of Sona Gacchi. "Taking photographs in Sona Gacchi was a challenging task. I had to take lot of risk while shooting the pictures," says Rahman who has taken more than 6000 pictures on diverse subjects like 'Rock Forms of Deccan Plateau'.

But what made him to go to Kolkatta and take the pictures of the city and its people? The life in Kolkatta is so simple that people sleep and bath on the road. Anyone with little money can lead a happy life there. This simplicity of life fascinated me when I visited the 'City of Joy' for the first time in 1988.Simple lifestyle in Kolkatta On my next trip in 1995, I shot some pictures. But it was in 2000 that I took large number of pictures touring the city extensively from morning 5 o clock to evening 11 o clock," says Rahman reminiscing the times when he toured the city holding a camera in hand.

Rahman, a great admirer of photography feels that photography is not getting the kind of treatment it is supposed to get. "The Government has imposed heavy taxes on photographic equipment making it a costly affair", Living on the edge says thirty five year old Rahman. He also feels that Corporate houses should come forward to sponsor the photographic exhibitions. With lot of difficulty Rahman could garner only few companies to sponsor his photographic exhibition on the street life of Kolkatta. "Photography related companies like Kodak, Cannon, Fuji Film should come forward to sponsor the photographic exhibitions. This will boost the morale of photography enthusiasts," says Rahman who has participated in various seminars, workshops and conferences associated with photography.



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