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Photo-journalist Pradeep Chandra showcases filmmaker Pritish Nandy in virtual photo exhibition


The photographer will follow this up with an exhibition on actress Shabana Azmi in July.

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The COVID-19 lockdown period has seen plenty of events taking place online. This includes internal meetings of an organization as well as musical concerts. Now photo-journalist Pradeep Chandra has taken the step of launching a photography exhibition online. 

The first one, which was launched on Tuesday is based on advertisement filmmaker, poet, film producer and parliamentarian Pritish Nandy. Chandra will follow this up with an exhibition on veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi in July. 

Speaking about the idea, Chandra said in an official statement, “The virtual exhibition that I have conceived is a trendsetter in many ways. Cutting edge technology and artistry has been used to give a real gallery like feel to the virtual exhibition. I want my visitors to feel that they are in an art gallery and not viewing the exhibition from their home or laptop. I have tried to replicate the perception and vision one would experience when visiting an art gallery for an exhibition.” 

Pritish Nandy with India's former prime minister Indira Gandhi

The photo-journalist shared the reason for choosing subjects like Nandy and Azmi. “Both the subjects are intimately known to me. I have worked with Pritish Nandy and have known him for almost four decades. My bond with Shabana Azmi is equally strong. I have been photographing her from almost the beginning of her career,” he said. 

While speaking about his work, Chandra added that in his 2003 exhibition called Shakhawati, he imprinted photography on canvas which was a first in India. “In 2008, I teamed up with leading artists to create mixed art on canvas with photographs as the base. Today, I am trying my hand at virtual exhibitions. I have always believed that art progresses when the artist innovates,” he added. 

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