Article By Harika Chanana
Debashish Dey, 32, is a photo journalist by profession, and currently works with the Asian Age Magazine. He was born and brought up in Hoogly district of West Bengal but is currently based in Mumbai. Debashish had an interest in photography ever since he was in school. In his early years, he use to shoot his surrounding, his friends and family with a Kodak point and shoot camera. With time, his interest in photography only grew and he took up wedding photography assignments and simultaneously, he also took up a basic course in photography in Calcutta. He continued shooting weddings for 5 consecutive years. Gradually his interest in wedding photography subsided and he realized that his true love was pictorial photography. However, he used to keep himself up abreast with latest news in the photography fraternity by reading the Bengali photography magazine “Photography Charcha”. Reading helped him understand what the real world of photography was all about and this helped him make some serious decisions about taking up an extensive course in photography. This is when he made up his mind to join Shari Academy in 2007. He pursued a 2 year diploma in the Mastercraftsman photography course with Shari in 2009. Then he assisted a renowned corporate photographer, Umesh Goswami. He got tremendous exposure to industrial and corporate photography. They worked on prestigious projects like roadways and annual calendars of one of India’s premiere infrastructure company IRB. They shot for 15 days at Nagpur and Amravati. This was by far his best shooting experiences as an intern.
Debashish was truly inspired by Fawzan Huseyn, a Senior faculty member for Photojournalism at Shari Academy. He visited his Office, and saw some pictures that touched him deeply. At that very moment he decided to be a photojournalist, and since then he has not turned back. He went to places like Varanasi, Mathura and many other places in India. After a long time of hard work, he finally had a portfolio in place and soon after that he secured a job as a photojournalist at the Asian Age Newspaper. He feels extremely blissful to be a photojournalist. He enjoys every thing about it. It’s been a year for him so far and he already feels like he has had the privilege to shoot important events at the Mantralaya fire, a feature project at Dulia riot, etc. He feels extremely happy to have won accolades at the WPO competition this year.
He feels that Photojournalism is very different from the other genres of photography. According to him, it’s the only profession where you can witness constant change in nature and society, the power to document the social- ecological condition of the society, the challenges in exploring various ideas and to top it, to be a part of the History. He strongly feels that photojournalist acts as the third eye of the society and they get the opportunity to write visual biography of mankind. He also feels that it is certainly not an easy job as there are times when you have to be away from your family and friends, no fixed time schedules as the news can break at any hour of the clock and they have to ready with their gear at all times. It is a profession which requires him to be both mentally tough and physically fit. This profession will by loved by those who like to live life at the edge and is ready for adventures.
A sneak peek into Debasish’s work: Image courtesy – Asian Age Magazine
He has been associated with the Asian age for one year and it has been a very good learning experience for him. His co-workers and editor’s are very supportive. He does every kind of work there, he covers news,,features,entertainment section and sports. He is extremely happy with his job and company.
1) Mumbai’s most famous lalbaugcha raja. He shot this from a birds eye view to show the public gathering and he carefully choose a high vantage point to show the full story.
2) This image is shot at azad maidan. Byapari sanghatan organised a protest against local body tax,here the man dressed like gandhi is going through the public gathering.
3) This image was shot at cst during a rally organised by MNS.
4) Hundreds of school and college girls staged protest and took oath against female foeticide organised by ABVP at Gateway of India in Mumbai.
5) Heavy smoke coming out of a major fire that broke out at Mantralaya in Mumbai on june 21st 2012.
6) Bjp supporters held a protest with Gopinath Munde and Raj Purohit due to price hike of LPG and diesel at Nariman Point.
7) Sitaram Mittal,a very sick person resident of Campa cola society looking hopelessly from the window as Bombay high court ordered them to evacuate their home.
8) The Aam Aadmi party of Arvind Kejriwal held a protest against re electing Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister of Maharastra at Girgaum Chowpatty.
9) this image was shot at Girgaum Chowpatty,here two pinwheel vendors enjoy a light moment at taking a break from their job.
10) this image showing the craziness of our society for film stars this was shot at bandra.
11) The annual graduation day ceremony will be held at jj school of arts within few days. student are seen preparing their final touch up at college campus.
12) This image was shot at CST,here a boy carefull looking at wall art depicting woman’s womb.
13) Khar Bandra foundation in association with MP Priya Dutta and MLA Baba Siddique organized ‘No Car Day’ at Carter Road, Bandra,people from various sects of society came down to road which usually always filled up with vehicles.
14) In every monsoon seasons Mumbaikar battle heavy rain and water logging.This image is shot at parel hindmata.
15) Kalaghoda festival end today.Mumbaikars gathered there and enjoyed the art festival.
Quick tip for all the readers from Debashish:
1) Let your picture tell a story!
2) For an event, always take a lot of pictures, gradually you would develop an art of filtering and picking the best!
3) Know your gear inside out ! It’s better to use an old kit that you know thoroughly rather than a new one which you are not fully acquainted with.
4) Planning! To cover any event, you must prepare and plan well before the shoot.
5) Shoot straight from the heart! Always try and relate yourself with the subject.
6) Emotion ! Bringing out emotions can make your image very powerful
7) Get inspired! Look through the work of great masters. See a lot of paintings, movies, plays, art, craft, read books, get exposure as it is the best way to learn.
‘Always remember that your photos are the reflections of your knowledge, the more you have, the better you can produce’ -Debasish