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India a heaven for photographers: Egyptian shutterbugs

Press Trust of India  |  Cairo 

It was in 2001 that Egyptian Talaat visited for the first time, and since then, he has made 16 trips to the country, making it almost an annual ritual. Having visited and taken pictures in 52 countries, Talaat says no country "inspired" him more than "is the most inspiring country.

I took so many photographs there...more than any other country," he says. The photographer, who works with the National Geographic Magazine, was speaking at a recently held seminar on the sidelines of an exhibition -- "Colours of India" at the for International Cultural Cooperation in Zamalek. "The north of was a rich area for me as a photographer," said Talaat, whose photography expedition ranged across the colourful cities of and in The exhibition also works by photographers Mona Abdel Karim, and While captures moments of Indian cultural celebrations in different venues across Egypt, Hayman's pictures draw parallels between the lives on the streets of and his homeland. Hayman who ventured into Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, documented the quintessential elements of the bazaar like the spice market, and tuk-tuk drivers. With the wide range of subjects that the market has to offer, Hayman admits he was spoilt for choice. "It was a challenge to take pictures in Everything is worth a photograph... there are so many colours and characters. "I had to absorb everything and then decide what I wanted to photograph," the said. Albeit Abdel Karim's collection is dominated by photographs clicked in Egypt, the of magazine calls a "heaven for photographers". "has countless cultural colours as it different art forms like dance, music and cinema. It is undoubtedly a heaven for photographers," she said. Eldin, founder of 'View finders photography club," however, chose to shine a light on the "essence" of the country's people and places by clicking in monochrome. "It was a daring decision to take photos of the 'country of colours' in black and white," the said. Also attending the seminar was Sanjay Bhattacharya, India's to Cairo, who called the show, "very exciting", as he praised the way the photographers reflected in their works.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:10 IST
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