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Choral riffs: A Wknd interview with jazz icon Asha Puthli

Her songs inspired Donna Summer; her fashion is said to have inspired Madonna's. She’s performing, after 44 years, in a tour that includes a gig at Glastonbury.

‘I was always the outsider, in India and in the US,’ Puthli says. ‘But I’ve always done whatever the hell I wanted. I still do.’ (Photo by Alan Mercer)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 02:36 PM IST

When the lens reveals excesses: Four photographers who made injustices visible

Peter Magubane, who died recently, was part of a legacy of photographers whose photographs helped uncover the suffering of people in undemocratic regimes

South African photographer Peter Magubane died on January 1, 2024(AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 12:24 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

When a camera takes a selfie, and reveals a star

Last year, NASA's Near Infrared Camera took its own selfie for "engineering and alignment purposes.” Will the wonders of this space explorer never cease?

Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex taken by the NIRCam, which was released on the first anniversary of the James Webb Telescope on July 12, 2023.(NASA/ STScl)
Published on Jul 14, 2023 09:39 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Profile|The perfect pitch for love and loss

Brooklyn-based Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani singer-songwriter to win a Grammy in 2022. We catch her in the middle of a Europe and North America tour

Arooj Aftab performs 'Mohabbat' at the Wide Awake Music Festival in London's Brockwell Park on May 27, 2023. (Photo by Paroma Mukherjee)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 10:31 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

My obsession with music was ‘not normal’, says Pakistan’s first Grammy winner

For Arooj Aftab, heartbreak and grief only make music richer. And it’s touched hearts across the border and in the world beyond. HighlightsIn 2003, before YouTube or social media, an 18-year-old Arooj Aftab recorded a light-jazz version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It was shared heavily on email, Napster and LimeWire, becoming one of the first songs to go viral in Lahore. She famously played, impromptu, in a hotel room, with the Pakistani Sufi legend Abida Parveen in New York City, in 2010. The two women were scheduled to perform, separately, at the Sufi Music Festival there when Aftab made a dash for Parveen’s room and ended up playing the harmonium alongside her. “She was extremely generous, kind and open-hearted. You don’t expect famous people to be like that. But she was, and it was incredible,” Aftab says. Aftab has written the original score for a videogame too, co-composing a 30-track doom-jazz soundtrack for Backbone, which she describes as a “noir, pixel-art raccoon detective adventure game”. The game was released by EggNut in 2021. Highlights

 (Paroma Mukherjee)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Paroma Mukherjee picks her favourite read of 2022

10 lens-based artists and photographers from South Asia begin a conversation through their works in this volume

A free-flowing exchange of ideas (HT Team)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 07:24 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Ketaki Sheth brings the photo studio to the gallery

The photograph as a digital document has made a comeback like never before, not leaving far behind the performative power of the self-portrait and its transition to the “selfie

Ketaki Sheth brings the photo studio to the gallery
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 12:25 AM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Pride Matters | Queering the lens

Dayanita Singh and Sunil Gupta’s books foregrounded the queer community’s representation in photography in India

“India Gate. Even if you have a lover you should get married and have children. Who would look after you in your old age?” (From Sunil Gupta’s book ‘Queer’)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 03:34 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

50 yrs of ‘Napalm Girl’: People of colour and the lack of consent in photography

People of colour continue to face a serious imbalance of power and agency on the other side of the lens in photography

Nick Ut (L) and Kim Phuc attend the Press Preview of the Exhibition
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 04:41 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Lens cart: A look at the hottest new self-published photobooks

Conflicts and cultures, the public and the personal... as more photographers self-publish their work as precise, immersive volumes, a guide to the best ones to flip through, or read at leisure.

Updated on Mar 26, 2022 05:28 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Paroma Mukherjee, Head, National Photography Desk, picks her favourite read of 2021

A spectacular visual atlas of Mars’ surface from pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the HiRISE camera that has been beaming back high resolution imagery for over 15 years

A spectacular visual atlas of Mars. (HT Team)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 01:31 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Home is where the light is

Dayanita Singh’s new book pays homage to architecture and photographic portraiture through conversations with BV Doshi

A spread from ‘Portrait of a House: Conversations with BV Doshi’ that shows on the left, a sculpture of BV Doshi’s mother-in-law and on the right, Doshi at the dining table in Kamala House, Ahmedabad. (Dayanita Singh)
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 04:17 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Danish Siddiqui’s work mirrored society’s uncomfortable truths

Killed while on assignment in Afghanistan, Pulitzer-awardee Danish Siddiqui photographed unforgettable scenes from the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, the CAA protests and the riots in Delhi, and India’s Covid-19 crisis

Siddiqui had been working silently for a decade and came into the spotlight in 2018, when he was awarded the Pulitzer along with his colleagues from Reuters for their coverage of the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 07:03 AM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

Paroma Mukherjee, Head, National Photography Desk, picks her favourite read of 2020

Relaying difficult social experiences

Updated on Dec 25, 2020 07:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Review: Centralia by Poulomi Basu

Truth is stranger than fiction in this photo book, or perhaps it’s one and the same, as photographs become shape shifters in the jungles of central India, the scene of several conflicts

Forests of Abhujhmargh, Chhatisgarh.(From ‘Centralia’ by Poulomi Basu)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 06:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Mahatma in a single frame

Gandhi realised the power of photography early on, for he used it strategically during India’s freedom movement later.

Mahatma Gandhi, 1914, wearing white to mourn the deaths of Indian strikers killed in police firing in South Africa.(National Gandhi Museum.)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 01:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

How photography went beyond the call of duty on the Moon

Over the decades, Nasa released all images from its Apollo missions to the public for free, democratising the medium even further, as the images lay bare open to scrutiny and research

Buzz Aldrin made this footprint on a pristine surface so that he could then photograph it for study by soil mechanics experts.(NASA)
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 07:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

The grim aftershock of powerful photographs

We must remember the reason behind the image, for that should haunt us until there is real change for the better

The softness of the apparent embrace contributes to the photograph’s impact, and makes it acceptable enough to be published without any disclaimers of graphic content(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 07:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Barrack at Red Fort, Delhi, to host rare artworks

The Red Fort barracks, reminiscent of the Mutiny, have undergone a makeover.

A room on the first floor where photographic portraits of 24 erstwhile Indian rulers are on view, as curated by Pramod Kumar KG.(Paroma Mukherjee / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 04:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Chronicles of loss: ‘Farm widows’ tell a story of bleak survival

A black and white photo exhibition of Vijay Jodha’s stark, telling portraits of ‘farm widows’ in New Delhi could not have been better timed. Just this week, thousands of farmers marched 200 kms to Mumbai to push for theirs demands, including loan waivers from the government.

Vijay Jodha says that for him, a primary function of documentary photography is to create a record. His ‘The First Witnesses’ series is telling of the gigantic scale of the agrarian crisis in India.(Photo courtesy: Vijay Jodha)
Updated on Mar 17, 2018 10:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Stuart Freedman’s exhibition of photographs captures life inside Indian Coffee Houses

Freedman first came to India on work in 1994 and on his first visit to the coffee house, he was reminded of old English cafes and their post-war austerity.

A waiter serves schoolgirls beneath a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore in the Indian Coffee House, Kolkata, 2013.(Stuart Freedman/Tasveer)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 07:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

On exhibit in Delhi: Prabuddha Dasgupta’s and Dileep Prakash’s intimate portraits of nature

At PHOTOINK, New Delhi, the late Prabuddha Dasgupta’s ‘Anatomies’ and Dileep Prakash’s ‘Sleeping in the Forest’ are on display together as two solo exhibits.

An image from the series of untitled photographs from Prabuddha Dasgupta’s ‘Anatomies’ which reveals his interest in the fragility of plants(The estate of Prabuddha Dasgupta/ PHOTOINK)
Updated on Feb 22, 2018 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Exhibition: Wildlife photographer Aditya Singh captures forests of India, East Africa

Wildlife conservationist and photographer Aditya “Dicky” Singh latest exhibition brings to Delhi fine moments from forests in two countries

Tiger sitting in an ancient Shiva temple in Ranthambhore national park.(Aditya
Updated on Feb 03, 2018 10:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

Sooni Taraporevala’s photo exhibition reveals a heartwarming visual sojourn of Mumbai

The exhibition, Home in the City: Bombay 1977 to Mumbai 2017, is currently on in Delhi

Sarfu and Irrfan Khan during a workshop for the film Salaam Bombay! in 1987.(Image copyright © Sooni Taraporevala. Image courtesy Sunaparanta)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 08:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

To Indira, With Love: An exhibition of the former Prime Minister’s intimate, unseen photographs

A photographic exhibition brings to the public for the first time, rare photographs of Indira Gandhi

Feroze Gandhi / Indira Gandhi Memorial Memorial Trust Archive(Indira Gandhi in Jammu & Kashmir, during her honeymoon, photographed by her husband Feroze Gandhi.)
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 06:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParoma Mukherjee

A life in observation: Spanish photographer José Suárez’s retrospective opens in Delhi

Known to his family and friends as Pepe, Suárez’s photographic vision was unique and humanist, with a deep interest in the anthropology of his times.

From the series, ‘Mariñeiros,’ where Suárez photographed the Galician fishing and peasant community using cinematic, low-angle portraits.(José Suárez)
Updated on Oct 20, 2017 06:02 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

In Pics: Sooni Taraporevala brings Bombay back to Mumbai

Camel at Marine Drive, Bombay 1977(© Sooni Taraporevala / Courtesy Sunaparanta)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 02:55 PM IST
ByParoma Mukherjee

In Pics: Karan Kapoor’s portraits of Anglo-Indians from 1980s India

In ‘Time and Tide,’ at Bikaner House, New Delhi, former actor Karan Kapoor brings together two bodies of work to mark the lives of Anglo-Indians in the 1980s

Andheri, Bombay, 1981(Courtesy Tasveer/ © Karan Kapoor)
Updated on Sep 21, 2017 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByParoma Mukherjee
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