Book recommendation : P. Sainath
I am currently working in some of the poorest districts in India and thought it might a good idea to read the mentioned book. After some two hundred odd pages, I find it very difficult to go through. It’s brutally honest and very detailed to the point research. Would recommend P .Sainath‘s book to anyone who wants to know about the other India and not just working development sector or as a journalist.
While working as a photojournalist ( a messy thing since it fucks up your mind) thoughts keep popping up. But a few mental notes I have made over the years work all across:-
I) Go to the root cause of the story/subject till the very end . If you are interested in the story pictures will come out well, and if you are concerned about the state of affairs you will work proactively towards the welfare .
II) One really really need to honest and be good with taking pictures.No amount of theory can hide it . This after all is a visual medium. And you choose it . Do it for your self and push the envelope. Don’t be happy with a few pictures.
III) Don’t be glamorous or sensationalist. Just keep doing it ( and you will anyways if you love it ) till the practice becomes a meditation.
Totally recommend this book. A bit old, but very relevant…