It has been 3 years now since Jindal Photo has been organizing the Fujifilm Super Six Photo exhibition. What is unique about Fujifilm Super Six '07, this year's edition, is the fact that it has 6 youngsters as the current Super Six photographers, unlike in the yesteryears. They are Gunjan Gupta, Prateek Singh, Daniel Yin Lea Hsiungi, Anushka Wadia Menon, Azher Syed Qayoom and Mayur Kadam.
After selection through a rigorous process by an eminent panel of judges which comprised of stalwarts like S Paul, Prof F B Khan, Sondeep Shankar, Prashant Panjiar and Dinesh Krishnan, these photographers are now being given an opportunity to exhibit their works on a national platform.
The exhibition "Ignited Minds" at the ICCR Art Gallery tells how the stories of these 6 lives have altered during the course of the year, bound as they are by a common destiny - the Fujifilm Super Six '07. Each of them is different from the other, but they all have fire in their bellies and a 7th egging them on to do their best.
Ignited Minds is a visual journey and a coming of age of the 6 young minds and their perceptions. The world view that Ignited Minds presents is sharp, precise, incisive and very distinct. Yet each of the 6 youngsters advocates pluralism and multiplicity of existence. And is a passionate appeal for a new world order. The possibilities of course are endless.
A management degree in hand and a work experience of over 3 years later, Gunjan Gupta found that her true calling in life lay in capturing visuals and not managing business establishments. Though she holds a specialization in Fashion Photography, she enjoys travel and street photography, too. She especially likes shooting children.
Prateek's relationship with the camera started when he was 16. As he got closer, the intimacy grew, and a dialogue initiated between the two. Eventually the camera became his only friend and confidante. Once he puts the lens to his eye, it reveals to him what others choose to ignore. Outdoors, conceptual portraits and fashion also interest him.
Daniel strongly believes that photography for him is an art through which he can express himself better without being vocal about it. He currently stays in Mumbai and is pursuing his 2-year Master Craftsman Program in photography. He is honing his technical skills too as photography is clearly an amalgamation of technology & art.
Anushka spent her early years in the Sultanate Of Oman where she completed high school. She then travelled to Melbourne, Australia, to complete her higher education in Art Design and Communication. During her course Anushka found her love for the camera and decided to return to India and continue her education in photography. Having graduated with a higher distinction from the International College of Professional Photography, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi, she has proven to be beyond her years in talent and maturity in the world of professional photography.
Anushka's portfolio today is enclosed with corporate clients such as Reebok, Lotus Herbals and Barista. She has also had the pleasure of shooting the Royal family of Rajasthan and personalities like Anoushka Shankar, Midival Puditz, Karsh Kale, Miss India Universe, Miss India World 2006 and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. She has also shot for well-known designers Ritu Kumar, Rabani & Rakha, Staya Paul Siddarth Tytler, Pashma, Shantanu & Nikhil and Gauri & Nainika. Her work is often seen in magazines such as Time Asia, Elle, L'Officiel, Verve and FnL.
Born in Kashmir, considered to be Paradise On Earth, Azher's photos came knocking at his door. He started shooting with his simple camera during his camping & skiing trips that he made, and soon got labelled as a "nature boy". He then graduated to more professional equipment. Azher lives in Delhi currently & sprints off to Kashmir at the slightest of provocation to capture his beloved beautiful land on camera.
Mayur firmly believes that nature is the greatest artist of them all. He searches for beauty in everything... and cautions all photographers to also keep a watch on what they exclude and not just what ultimately becomes a part of their frame.
The exhibition was inaugurated on 25th May, and is on till 31st May from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Please contact the gallery at 2323-6398/2324-0035 for further details.