India is undergoing rapid changes and photographers are documenting night scenes more than ever. India has a history of collectivism. With independence and increased globalization, Indians have grown more individualistic.
Atul Loke grew up in Mumbai and was shocked by the isolation of modern apartments. Over a ten year period, he photographed the building where he grew up and noticed a change toward a less collective lifestyle.
Bartholomew began photographing in the 1970s; he left school and worked in the film industry. He enjoys photographing the Chinese community in Tangra, Kolkata. He describes his youth and photographing family and friends for a "Teenage Diary."
The trend for introspective photography has grown; Sohrab Hura documents his mother's paranoid schizophrenia. He argues that photographers are pressured to take photos with an agenda, but he believes honesty comes from a more isolated, introspective space.
Hura teaches other photographers, and advises them to not limit their art. He argues that photographers can be poets, and can illustrate any kind of story.
Credits: Private Diaries
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Until very recently, the Indian lifestyle was one of community, but the move towards greater individualism has inspired the work of some increasingly introspective photographers. A pioneer of this new intimate approach, Pablo Bartholomew has produced a dense body of work, based on his youth in the libertarian India of the 1970s and 80s. In his wake, Atul Loke has become a key witness of the disappearance of collective life by always photographing the building where he grew up. This immersion in the collective Indian psyche intensifies with the work of Sohrab Hura, whose private journal documenting his mother’s schizophrenia caused a sensation in a society where the maternal figure remains absolutely sacred.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2014
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