A photograph is worth of a thousand words

P I O N E E R : Photographic Images of North East- Exploring Reality

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness. The beauty of photograph is that it does not need any words to explain its depth.  21st century is hugely dominated by digital photography. More than 99% of photographs taken around the world are through digital cameras, increasingly through smart phones. Photography is one of the new media forms that has the power to change perception as well as the structure of society. Susan Sontag has rightly said, “to photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting one’s self into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge, and therefore like power.”

Photograph is a visual communication photograph can unveil new horizons of reality. If we can remember the famous photograph of a vulture and a little girl taken by the South African photojournalist, Kevin Carter in the year 1993, we can realize the potential of a good photograph.

North East being one of the most fascinating, wild and untouched region of the country with its ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges has immense potential to be explored. The images of north eastern region that are usually available often depict pictures of violence and insurgency, which has apparently represented this region as a hostile and unreceptive land of the country.   There are many more issues that need to be properly addressed in the region and one of the most viable tools to portray it is through photography.

With its aim to serve humanity and to be a machinery to develop society, Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT), envisions the PIONEER to be one of its projects in bringing to fore the real image of the North-east India in its diverse milieu, with its varied flora and fauna, the rich cultural heritage, the dilapidated kingdoms, through the lens. The project PIONEER of the trust aims at being a subaltern voice from this region, defining itself to the world, transcending the barrier of words and languages and asserting a global appealing and redefining the land in its true color through images capturing the essence and truth of that very moment….