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June 07, 2016

Anurag Banerjee On Being A Candid Cameraman

Text by Huzan Tata. Photographs by Tejal Pandey (Mumbai), Ankush Maria (Delhi). Styling by Shweta Navandar. Make-Up by Inglot (Mumbai And Delhi)

Known for his ability to conjure up arresting images, his monochromeses of Mumbai and his photoessay on award-winning author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Photography is
All about having an open mind and having the ability to learn without any inhibitions.

Colour or monochrome
Each has its own charm. My personal work is more inclined towards monochrome since I find it easier to hold a thought together that way.

Three websites you regularly surf
TIME LightBox, The New Yorker, Invisible Photographer Asia.

If you had to recreate a famous photograph, it would be…
The Kiss by Robert Doisneau.

On your iPod
Everything from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan to Rabindra Sangeet and Pink Floyd…and a whole lot in between.

Favourite photographers
Prabuddha Dasgupta, Pablo Bartholomew, Raghubir Singh, Sohrab Hura, Dayanita Singh, Alex Webb, Henri Cartier-Bresson and so many others!

Inspirations
Satyajit Ray’s stories, Milan Kundera’s observations and humour, and any music that moves me.

Cherished compliment
‘You have a good heart and that will always come to your rescue when life gets difficult.’

Upcoming projects
Love in Bombay and I’m Not Here (documenting my absence from my hometown). Both these series are ongoing.

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