Enjoy The Characteristic Beauty And Personality Of Kolkata Through The Eyes Of Its Top Photographers
By: Avinash Kumai on Aug 13th, 2015
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Kolkata is a city will a sense of duality – slow, yet fast paced, cruel, yet forgiving. The jam packed streets smelling of coal smoke, the dilapidated building, and the people, all tell tales of a city that is a land lost in time. This is a place where you can find everything; you just have to look in the right spots. Through this article we try to look at photographs that tell the story of The City Of Joy through the eyes of the city's top photographers (in no particular order).

We would like to acknowledge and thank the folks at Canvera for helping us put this list together.    

Rajib Ghosh
Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

A statue maker gives final touches to his divine creation. The process is tedious and takes days to finish, and the sad thing is that these idols have a short life span – they will soon be immersed in the holy waters of the Ganges once the festival is over. What caught our eye were small symbolism's in the picture like the board which says 'State Bank Of India' and the diya (lamp).  

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

Holi or Basant Utsav is celebrated with fervour in the state of West Bengal. The tradition of Vasantotsav, meaning Spring Festival and was started by poet Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. Men and women joyfully welcome spring, the season with colors, songs, dance, and hymns. The pop of color just pleases the senses. Kudos to the photographer for capturing and bringing the scene alive. 

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh
Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

A group of street kids get together for a fun picture. There is something about a camera; it is a hit with children, somehow. Only an expert photographer can capture the twinkle in the eyes of the children as well as its done here.

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

There are a huge population of senior citizens in Kolkata. Seen on the street, at temple doors, and at the railway station. We would want to know what games she plays inside her head as she waits. 

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

Idols of goddess are left to dry in the cellars where they are crafted. The aesthetics of this picture is just over the top.  

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

This is why street photography has its perks; they are lined with bittersweet memories that are hard to find in other genres of photography. 

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

Kolkata is also a living example of how time doesn’t wait for anyone – tyrants fall, people perish, but time is always constant. 

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

Every city has something that the people connect emotionally to. For example, Mumbai has their taxis' and the dabbawalas, Bangalore has the autos and similarly Kolkata has these hand-pulled rickshaws – a monument that tell tales of the days gone by. 

Image credit: Rajib Ghosh

The Howdah Bridge, a monument synonymous to Kolkata. The black and white tint adds to the feel of the picture. 

 

View his work on Canvera here

Rig Photography
Image credit: Rigphotography

Who does not know of Victoria Memorial? This award winning picture by Rigveda Biswas is great in so many ways, the reflections is what caught our eye. The photographer sure knows how to get it right. He could teach budding and aspiring photographers a thing or two.

 

View his work on Canvera here

Image credit: Rig Photography

Vidyasagar Setu, also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge is a toll bridge over the Hooghly river and links the cities of Kolkata.

Prabuddha Ray
Image credit: Prabuddha Ray

It rains in other parts of the country, too, but there is nothing more beautiful that the rains in Kolkata. The picture reminds us of RK Laxman caricatures, perhaps the shutterbug also was thinking about something similar. A photo that will be cherished for years to come. 

View his work on Canvera here

Image credit: Prabuddha Ray

Apart from the hand-pulled rickshaws, Kolkata has another mode of transport that is close to the people in the city – the taxis. We love how Ray has juxtaposed the laid-back attitude of the driver in the picture.   

Image credit: Prabuddha Ray

Sindoor Khela – a celebration where married women smear sindoor or vermilion on each other, and pray for their husbands.  This usually happens on the last day of Durga puja.  

Image credit: Prabuddha Ray

A line of yellow taxis caught in a jam, a common sight in Kolkata. 

Image credit: Prabuddha Ray

A little boy prays at a Mosque in Kolkata. Now we can easily say that Ray has a deep sense of Documentary photography and he is a keen observer. 

Tanmoy Prosad
Image credit: Memory Maker

The Durga Puja idols in its full grandeur.  

 

View his work on Canvera here.

Jyotirban Mallick
Image credit: Jyotirban Mallick

The Ganges, a place where it all ends. The silhouette gives the snap feel and character. It looks like it was inspired by a painting. 

 

View his work on Canvera here.

Ritam Paul Chowdhury
Image credit: Paper Planes Photography

The tram, the oldest and most affordable means of transport found only in Kolkata. Not only are they chic looking, but are filled with interesting people that define Kolkata

 

View his work on Canvera here.

 

Which of the above is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Avinash Kumai
Avinash is a dreamer, a music connoisseur and is constantly seeking new things that catch his fancy. Enjoys the silence of his one-bedroom-apartment and loves cooking alone. He prefers genres like rock and blues, and is obsessed with what an instrument can do if it's in the right hands. His all time favourite jams are Comfortably Numb and...   Read more
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