The Journal

Alternative Photographic Process in India – The FataFat Project

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I have always believed that every photographer should at all times be engaged in a long-term personal project. I am so committed to this idea that it would not be an exaggeration to say that my main work is personal and the assignments are there to enable me to keep working on these personal projects. […]

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Ladakh and why the iPhone 4 is the best camera I had in a while

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iPhonography is the term that I thought would fit better to what I can see as a completely new field of photography that is coming up all of a sudden. I ran a search online and it seems I was a bit behind on what was going on in this field and there are many […]

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Going to School in India

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[av_heading heading=’Going to School in India ‘ tag=’h1′ style=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Going to school in India is at times a very different experience than the private schools in Delhi or the boarding schools in the hill-stations where the upper middle class and foreign expats send their privileged […]

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GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOKS AWARDS 2010

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This has been a very busy year for me in India and as the year comes to an end it is time to look back and see where it took me. This is also the very last time I am writing from New Delhi as a resident of this city. After nine years of living […]

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Riding a Bullet to Spiti Valley

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Action and adventure photography is something that I have always loved doing. The thing about this kind of photography is that you must become a part of the adventure and cannot simply tag along. Being a participant gives close access to the events and the action, but also an intimate relationship with the other participants.

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Street Food of India: The 50 Greatest Indian Snacks – UK edition

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Street Food of India is now published in the UK with I.B Tauris publishing house. Have a look at some of the pictures, recipes and early reviews. “Some of the photographs in this book are so beautiful they look like carefully crafted dishes made for a glossy magazine shoot. Bergerson has lived in India for […]

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Top 10 tips for Going Pro as a Photographer

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Not long ago I wrote a post called ‘The Photo Nazi’ with some advice for a new photographer. This post generated a lot of traffic and comments, not all of it so positive. Some people thought I was a arrogant and had no tact. I have no problem with being controversial from time to time, […]

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Hanuman Mandir Flower Market

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Travelers visiting Delhi are often surprised to see how late this city starts it’s day. Delhi wakes up early alright, people go for morning walks or yoga practice, but businesses will never open before 10am. If you are up before dawn looking for some adventure, there is very little to do at this early hour. […]

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Photography is about WHY not HOW

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Photography is not at all about the technique but about the reason. My friend Seshu had just published a blog post about how to make your photos sing. it is a good post but many photographers don’t even know how to make their photos talk. A few days ago I went to the Delhi FCC […]

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Food Photography should make you Hungry

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The way i see it, food photography should make you hungry. Anything else is simply not good enough! More than that, food photography is all about the food itself and not about styling. Think about it for a second and you’ll see how photographing food can suddenly become very simple. What I look at when […]

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Painting with Light: How to find a boring image and make it beautiful

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Painting with light is something that I used to do in the time when I had my studio and was shooting still life in large format, but it is as easy to do with hand held flash and a DSLR. You have to have an image of what you want to do of course, but […]

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Working With an Old Wood Camera

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Sometime back I wrote a post about street photography in India titled Maharaja’s postrait photography in 21st centure India . The post was about what today is considered an alternative photographic process that was invented in India and used for decades by many street photographers across the subcontinent, mainly India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I have […]

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Trucking in the Himalayas

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My book ‘Horn Please – Trucking in India’ is almost finished and we are scheduled to go to print in a couple of weeks. It’s been a year of extensive work and it was funny to see that some of the images that we all like the most were captured only in the last month […]

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Microfinancing loans, or Christian missionaries in disguise?

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Is the NGO distributing micro loans to women in Chhatisgarh actually a front to a new Christian mission in disguise? I have just returned from Raipur, Chhatisgarh, shooting a feature about microfinancing for a German consumer magazine. The shoot was very simple and straight forward, but we have found some remarkable facts about the NGO […]

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Portraits of HIV

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India is one of the largest and most populated countries in the world, with over one billion inhabitants. Of this number, it’s estimated that around 2.3 million people are currently living with HIV. Never the less, in India, as elsewhere, AIDS is often seen as “someone else’s problem” – as something that affects people living […]

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Raghurajpur – The Crafts Village

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Situated on the southern bank of river Bhargavi and surrounded by coconut, palm, mango, jackfruit groves and other tropical trees, Raghurajpur, a small village in Puri district of Orissa, occupies a unique place in the cultural map of India. The village is inhabited by artisans producing sheer poetry on pieces of treated cloth, dried palm […]

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Following the Elephant God

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Every year, sometime in August or September, the city of Mumbai goes crazy and in almost every house people perform their annual worship of Lord Ganesha, celebrating the birthday of the elephant God. Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshiped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. This […]

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Fried water bombs – Pani Puri on Chowpatti beach

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Street food stalls on Chowpati beach in Mumbai offer a variety of favorite snacks like Bhel puri, Sev Puri and Pani puri. A man visiting Chowpatti beach just after sunset, enjoys Pani Puri, as the vendor looks on. Mumbai. August 2009 Children visiting Chowpatti beach just after sunset, enjoy Pani Puri, a favorite street food [...]
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A drive through Munar tea plantations in Kerala

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While on assignment in Kerala I got lucky to visit the beautiful hill station of Mumar and it’s wonderful tea plantations. I wasn’t there to photograph the tea plantations, and it is a shame as it is so beautiful, but one cannot simply drive through Munar and not take pictures. Four hour drive from Cochin, […]

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A blessing, a curse, and some editorial fashion work

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I am often asked what ‘kind’ of a photographer I am. A photojournalist? a commercial photographer? a food photographer? am I a wedding photographer? travel? lifestyle? what is it exactly that you do? This might not be a smart marketing strategy, but i have always refused to get into any of these boxes. I am […]

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