Category Archives: Photography

Charminar in the 1880’s

The Charminar, built in 1591 AD, is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris.

The English name is a transliteration and combination of the Urdu words Char and Minar, translating to “Four Towers”; the eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches.

Read more about the Charminar here

Photo Source: Old Photos

India’s Disappearing Trades

“The jhuri-walas — and all the other craftsmen and tradespeople who populated the bylanes of our neighborhood — can make the housing colonies of India’s mega cities feel like its villages. They are the subject of Supranav Dash’s photo essay Marginal Trades — among them are honey collectors and wood-cutters, blacksmiths and potters.”

Photo and copyright: Supranav Dash,a fine-art, documentary and fashion photographer based in New York City.

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Story by curryocity contributor Vyshnavi N Doss

There’s an occasional artist in all of us that wants to be given a chance to speak. We collect memories, experiences and things that inspire us – babies, hangouts, dogs, well plated food, and, let’s not forget, some alarming stockpiles of selfies – on our mobiles. There is a huge playground of mobile photo-editing apps that allow us to tinker with textures, filters and effects, to make our everyday urge explode into an artistic pursuit. To nudge that hidden artist harder into action, here is some outstanding mobile phone artistry done by two iphoneograhers: Mansi Bhatia and Dilshad Abdulla.

Mansi Bhatia

San Francisco-based Indian iphonographer Mansi Bhatia is notorious for her self-portraits and her extreme post-production techniques. She recently won an honourable mention at the Mobile Photography Awards 2012.

Dilshad Abdulla
London-based Dilshad Abdulla makes his portraiture so palpable! He reveals characters using vividly descriptive stills that are delivered using what is probably the best feature of mobile artistry – real time updates!

If you’re fired up about this thing, you can start exploring with a fun post from Mansi Bhatia on how to shoot and process selfies over at We Are Juxt (a fantastic iphoneography blog, by the way).
Happy clicking!

The waiting - Mansi Bhatia

Further reading:
(Blog) iPhoneogenic
(Book) The Art of iPhoneography
(Website) MPAs
(Magazine) Iphotographer Magazine
(Gallery) The MMS Gallery

The Leading Ladies of Gulbai Tekra

Photographer: Kannagi Khanna, 23, graduated in Film Studies from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.
Through her first photo essay Kannagi discovers the hint of glamour in a slum called ‘Hollywood’ in the heart of Ahmedabad.
In her words, “To recreate Audrey Hepburn’s image, I had to give Karunaben a twig as she was uncomfortable posing with a cigarette.”
Copyright: Kannagi Khanna
Follow Kannagi Khanna’s photo essay on The Big Picture

Man and Child

“There’s probably few things as Indian as parenting! This photograph taken on the shores of La Jolla, San Diego, captures the surrender and simplicity of child and man. They say genius is in keeping the child alive into adulthood. Staying around children is probably an easy way to genius then!”

Photo & Text by curryocity reader: Rajeswari Mani

Family Matters

Photo and Copyright: Steve McCurry
Known as one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years
Born in Pennsylvania, McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University and several years later made his way across the Indian subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera
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