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World Photography Day - 9 Indian Photographers Who Made Their Mark

LifeBeYondNumbers 2020-08-19 17:35:59


A photograph is nothing but a glimpse of time and space.

What I like about photos is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and is impossible to reproduce. They are indeed something to be cherished, marveled, and celebrated.


Every year, on the 19th day of August, the world celebrates the art of clicking pictures, the technology, and the history of photography. Though cameras entered our country a bit late than the western world, our photographers have left a strong mark in the field.

Here are 9 Indian Photographers who stunned the world.

Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand

Three-Indian photojournalists, Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand were awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for their work in capturing the shutdown in the Union territory following the abrogation of special provisions under Article 370.

A deserted street is seen through barbwire set up as a blockade during curfew in Srinagar.

Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh is recognized for her depictions of India’s metropolitan elite and middle class. Singh mainly did black and white photography and developed a reputation for that, yet her recent works were captured in lush color photography. She was awarded the “Prince Claus Award” in 2008.

Sooni Taraporevala

Sooni Taraporevala is a leading female photo-artist in India who wrote and published a collection of her PARSIS photos in 2000: India’s Zoroastrians; A Visual Trip. She has received a Padma Shri for the book in 2014.

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai is a well-known photographer and photojournalist from India who was head of photography for India Today from 1982 until 1992. In 1984, he concluded a detailed research series on Bhopal’s chemical tragedy and its subsequent impact on the lives of gas victims for Greenpeace. His research culminated in a book and three exhibits visiting Europe, America, India, and Southeast Asia after 2004, the disaster’s 20th anniversary. Rai was awarded the Padmasree in 1971.

Debashis Mukherjee

Debashis Mukherjee is bedecked with the Grand Prix award by Asia Pacific Cultural Committee for UNESCO. He has been warded twice by M.I.L.K., New Zealand, and also prized in 2002 & 2005 by Photo life, Canada. In 2004, a couple of photographs taken by him were published in the International calendar & Diary from Australia. One of his best photographs were featured in “HALL OF FAME”-Nikon, USA.

Prasanta Biswas

Prasanta Biswas is a photographer from Kolkata who has been awarded by the Nikon, Canon, UNESCO, Epoch Times and has got a National Award by the Government of India.

Bisheswar Choudhary

Bisheswar Choudhary won the Sony World Photography Awards for his image “Colourful India”. It features the colorful dhobi ghat on the bank of Yamuna, just opposite the Taj Mahal.

SL Shanth Kumar

SL Shanth Kumar has been a photojournalist since 2002 where he started with The Indian Express. Shanth has won several prestigious for his work including the 2012 Wisden photography award at Lord’s ground in London, Better Photography magazine’s Photographer of the year in 2011, 2012 Global photography award Competition by Ministry of the external affair, Media foundation national award 2013 and more.

Arup Ghosh

Arup Ghosh is the winner of Sony World Photography Awards (Open Category) People 2014, Festimage, ACAF, Venice International Photography Contest, and much more.