Farewell Princess: Documenting Mumbai’s Iconic Taxicabs

For foreigners visiting India, one of the most visible markers of change in the past few decades has been cars. From a time when just two models ruled the highway, the country now has an endless variety of automobiles. Still, a part of the soul fondly clings to those simpler times. It remembers the Hindustan […]

Urban Landscape Photography in India

Landscape photography is a venerable old art. Who doesn’t love a shot of the sun going down over a beach or the same sun rising brilliantly over Nanga Parbat? For most of us, the way we imagine a country, at least initially, is through images of its land. We like to know how high its […]

The Design Mind behind Hipstamatic

Several years ago, I began experimenting with an ancient Samsung mobile phone camera. The ridiculously cheap lens and complete absence of functionality produced quirky lo-fi – short for low fidelity, typically taken with poor-quality equipment – images that delighted me in a way SLR photography had not for years. In just a few years and […]

Fragile Reality: The Photographs of Saqib Mumtaz

Photography is touted for its supreme capacity to capture reality. The frightening ease with which the physical verisimilitude of a scene or a person can be reproduced is what makes photography unique, compelling and addicting. The photograph reflects back to us what we think exists. We confer our belief in the image and thereby, reinforce […]

Loving Trains in India with a camera

In my most recent column for Scroll.in, Camera Indica, I interview train photographer Apurva Bahadur. ** Travelling by train with all its jerks and lurching from side to side, with its frequent stops and noisy atmosphere, has long been one of the great romances of India. For decades, the express, freight, mail and fast passenger […]