An Interview With Photojournalist and Documentator – Arnab Dasgupta
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Today’s chat is with someone who not only has a deep understanding of Street Photography but has since his childhood. Arnab Dasgupta is a photojournalist, documentary specialist, mentor and street photographer. Read on to know more about him
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Q1: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which project are you working currently?What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A: I am a Photographer and a Photojournalist. I love to tell the different type of stories through Photography.
I grew up in Kolkata and has been traveling far from home and taking pictures ever since childhood. On the occasion of my 5 years birthday, my father presented me his SLR camera and taught me how to reload the film, how to focus and how to set the exposure. Since then my journey is continuing as a photographer.
After completing my Graduation I was placed in an IT firm. But I never quit my passion for photography, and I started freelancing in several ad agencies in Bangalore, India. But within 2 years I decided to make my career in photography field only. So I came back to Kolkata and joined a news house as a staff photojournalist. Working as a photojournalist for 6 years I got the opportunity to join India’s one of the largest Photography agency CAMARENA Academy as an Admin. Now I am pursuing my career as a professional photographer and as a photo mentor.
Apart from my professional photography, my favorite genre is street photography. Presently I am working on a project named ‘Urban Crisis’. The motto of this project is to show how urban civilization is facing problems due to Global warming, pollution, and economic crisis.
The very first award which I have got for photography is the best youth photographer of the year by the Government of West Bengal. And I was only 10 years old at that time. So this award is very special to me.
Q2: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?
A: Street Photography is more than a simple Photography genre. Street Photography is a philosophy to me. A Philosophy that not only helps me to become a good photographer but also encourages me to explore the world in a different way.
Q3: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set off your journey?
A: Not always. If anyone wants to set his or her career as a professional photographer then they might have required a certificate to crack the interview. Otherwise simply a proper guide can help to understand the aesthetics of photography.
Yes. My first guide is my Baba. He taught me the ABCD of photography at my initial stage. Then I have joined Indian Institute Of Photography for a professional certificate.
Q4: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?
A: When I go out for street photography I use to prefer wide-angle lens because I have to show much more context than telephoto lenses, which tend to flatten the background and isolate the subject due to their focal length.
Q5: How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to?
A: I generally prefer a candid moment for both human and nature. So I always shoot as per their moods and nature.
Q6: Can you explain to the budding photographer What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
A: Keep originality, try to catch the unique frame. When you will be out for a shoot just make sure that your brain is totally empty, so grab all the moments with a fresh mind and naked eyes.
Q7: What is so important in documenting something or in street photography? How important to have a story in street photography?
A: The most important thing in documentation is ETHICS. And please do not fake anything as it shows our society without any filters.
Q8: A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?
A: Not at all. As a good camera can give you a good quality pictures only. But photography in a true sense never depends upon quality. It depends upon the composition and framing which comes from our brain only not from the gadgets.
Q9: What is that you have adhered and learned through photography over the years?
A: Throughout my prolonged journey photography taught me how to interact with nature, how to feel the human emotions and how to live a better life.
Q10: What do you think of B&W versus Colour with street photography?
A: There are no such differences. It just a matter of presentation that how do you want to portray your compositions.
Q11: Which post processing software you use for your pictures?
A: I generally use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom for post processing.
Q12: Many of the photographers ask us where they find out about the salon news or exhibition news. Can you please give them some idea?
A: For that, the most powerful tool is the internet, from there you can get all the news for different salons and exhibition around the world. Otherwise, they may join any photography club or take membership in any of the photography regularity body like FIP, PSA, etc.
Q13: Name the last photography book/journal that you read.
A: The news journal published by Photographic Society of America.
Q14: Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer?
A: There is a very minor difference in my opinion. The professional photographers need to click as per their client’s requirement so they have to click with high-end gadgets as there is no chance of compromising with quality. And in case of amateur photographers they use to click with their own wish so there is no boundary for gadgets.
Q15: Any quick message for our blog? Wish you a very happy world photography day! Thanks for your time!
A: You people are building a great platform for different topics in a very interesting manner. It’s a really good initiative. Wish you all the luck, keep going on. Happy World Photography day.
Thank you immensely Arnab for taking out your valuable time our questions… We look forward to your continuing work.