The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from “That’s Life”

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Eric’s Note: I am pleased to share the work of Krishnendu Saha, a street photographer based in Kolkata. Krishnendu is part of That’s Life, an Indian Street Photographer Collective. He is a student and teacher of Mathematics, but has been honing his photography skills for the last few years as a way to tell the “untold stories” from his hometown. Keep reading to get a better insight about his philosophy and background in street photography!

Krishnendu: To me, street photography is a game that can never be played twice in the same way. A game that is played by me against the world, a game that I control. I decide when to start, when to finish, or when to have a tea break.

It’s a way how I react to the surroundings I am placed into at that time.

Not only that, it allows me to build relationships with different people whom I didn’t know earlier! When I go through my old archives and see the photographs, all those slices of life just start flashing on my mind. I can feel the connection with those persons present in my photographs, with those places.

How I got started in photography

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It took me long to realize that photography is a form of art like music, paintings, etc. Growing up, I have always admired good photographs in my and my relatives family albums. I was fond of photographs actually but trust me didnt know the true meaning of “photography”.

In my place, in a lower middleclass family I couldnt expect that I would be gifted a ‘camera’ and that also 15-16 years before. Initially, I used to click with my friends’ or my relatives’ camera and that also only in vacations. So it took some time to explore a camera properly and to realize what photography actually is.

After doing good result in my undergraduate studies my father gave me a digital point and shoot camera as a present. I don’t know how he realized that I wanted a camera so badly then. Thanks to him, from the very next day I started roaming on the streets and clicking photographs of random people. That’s how I started my journey.

Those days photography was the only thing which used to make me happy. It was the only medium through which I could express myself. I took it seriously then and started reading articles, interviews , notes etc. whatever was available on internet and libraries and studying various photographs of Masters. It helped inspire me and continue on my photographic journey.

Photos by Krishnendu

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

1x1.trans The Untold Stories From Kolkata: Street Photography by Krishnendu Saha from Thats Life

About Krishnendu:

Krishnendu Saha is a self taught photographer based in Kolkata. By profession, he is a student and teacher of Mathematics but for the last few years he is nurturing his old interest in photography. To him, photography has always been a fascinating medium to write some untold and unheard stories. He photographs whatever and whoever he encounters in his day to day life so that time and space could merge with his conscious and subconscious in a diluted but strong narrative. Presently he is an independent photographer based in Kolkata, working on long term projects.

Krishnendu is a part of “That’s Life“, an Indian street photography collective. You can see more of his work here.

What do you think of Krishnendu’s work and how do his images make you feel? Show him some feedback and love by leaving a comment below! 

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  • RedRiderPDX

    Powerful work and great mastery of black and white. Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you so much my friend :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sayanbanerjee905 Sayan Banerjee

    cutting the long story short….loved it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you :)

      • Pavel Chatterjee

        I need a helping hand in Street Photography..Sir can u help me out.I m here in kolkata for another 1 week.Please…. (Pavel chatterjee- simplypavel36@gmail.com)

  • http://twitter.com/benpelissie Benjamin Pélissié

    Impressive. Thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you :)

  • Paul Slaney

    Great use of contrast, movement and observation. Really glad I came across your post Krishnendu (wish I knew how to pronounce your name)

    Your shots made my day!

    best wishes

    Paul

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you so much Paul. Glad to know that you like my work :) That means a lot and I truly appreciate it :)
      Have a good day…
      Best wishes :)

  • mike avina

    These are really surprising and stark

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thanks a lot Mike :)

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  • Heda

    amazing work!

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you Heda :)

  • Giancarlo

    Love the warmth and feel. Very subjective, love your work:-D

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thanks mate :)

  • Paulo Gordinho (Portugal)

    You doing a amazing work, the photos and link people!

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you so much my friend :)

  • kiko

    You have the eye….keep it open and keep shooting ….that’s much more important than whatever camera you use….your work is as good as any …so trust in that and just keep shooting….one of the 1st times I have been impressed by anything I have seen online….Cheers….

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Thank you so much Kiko :)
      Appreciate your encouraging words :)
      yah you are right about the gear. I am really not bothered about the gear anymore…i am happy with whatever i am using… :)
      Thank you so much my friend :)

  • Binoy Mishra

    Hey Krishnendu, I loved your work. Can I meet you sometime? I am also in Kolkata, and I would love to learn something from you. Hoping for a reply from you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/krishnendu.saha.714 Krishnendu Saha

      Hi Binoy :) sure man :) it would be my pleasure completely…
      and please forget about learning anything from me, i am not that efficient or knowledgable… but we can always meet and chat…share our views :)

  • http://twitter.com/Avinash_Richard Avinash S Richard

    Your work is very sublime yet simultaneously very impacting and intense, my friend. Excellent work, Krishnendu. Keep on shooting. I will observe and learn from you :)

  • Arup Acharjee

    Your work is stunning..what more could I say really your work can inspire generations to come! Keep inspiring us!

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  • Rudra

    I can see a touch of Raghu Rai in your photography but then again you have portrayed it in your own and new way..I will definitely learn from you in future and being an enthusiast in photography would love to shoot together sometime…

  • liza

    Great work! really amazing street photography..all the Photographers, here is a chance to explore and learn more about street photography. Fujifilm India is now conducting a “Street Photography”
    workshop in Kumortuli, Kolkata on 21st Sep 2013. Don’t miss it guys check this
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    I am going Are you??

  • EL Sonador

    khrishnendu da..i want to get some tips for photography…it will not cost more than 30 minutes.i know 30 minute is precious..will you please spend ur precious time to make my knowledge invaluable????…