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The story of the printing press told through photographs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"Calcutta - Walking in the City"- an exhibition of photos on show here leads the uninitiated on a walk through history through Kolkata, a city that Chennai-born Padmanabhan is fond of and one which holds significance with respect to growth and development of the printing press in India.

"In a generation of paperless documenting, I felt that I must get back to where it all started for a publishing house. I wanted to show what goes behind publishing a book, which our future generations might not even know" says Padmanabhan, a self taught photographer.

The 30-odd mostly black and white photos depicts Swapna Printing Works Pvt. Ltd, a printing press in Ganganagar near Kolkata.

The dimly-lit press has been captured with machines and mechanical instruments strewn is depicted with rolls of papers and other equipments lying around.

The photos bring out a certain degree of romanticism behind the act of publishing a book and as Padmanabhan says terms as "the nostalgia behind the books".

"I chose this printing press in Kolkata, since it has a history attached to it. This is where most international publishers published their books, like Penguin India did in 1987", says Padmanabhan who is also Vice President, Sales, Penguin. MORE

First Published: Tue, November 06 2012. 13:45 IST