In Talks with : Kounteya Sinha, Photographer and Journalist On His Journey And His Latest Work
Updated on: 25 Jun 2016
A passionate photographer and a professional journalist, Kounteya Sinha is presently exploring the City of Joy through his lenses.
In January 2015, Sinha had his first show in Kolkata called '6262', hosted by Madhu and Harsh Neotia. It unraveled the remarkable story of Rabindranath Tagore's profound impact in Lithuanians struggle for freedom and its daily life through photographs taken over six days on the road, covering 1,110 kilometers. This was followed by another exhibition named Hiraeth in November. He presented over 50 photographs where he tried to lay bare the psyche of an urban nomad – a swelling new club of 21st century travelers for whom home is an eternal search. After two successful exhibitions, he is now all set to launch his next series, 'Stone' (June 25-July 6), at the Harrington Street Arts Centre in Kolkata.
Here is an exclusive chat with the talented photographer about his journey, travel, work and upcoming exhibition.
You are both an editor and a photographer. How do the two roles balance themselves out?
I have been a journalist for over 16 years and my whole existence revolves around it. I am therefore a storyteller. My eye is trained to sniff out the story from even under a humongous pile of nothing. Till very recently, I narrated the stories through words. I have taken a break from words now for a little while. My stories are now images captured. They are as real as my words were, as honest, as savage, as caring and as dedicated. I believe everyone lives for a purpose. Mine is to be able to drag out a story that is trying so hard to hide from the human eye. So my training as a journalist helps me immensely in my moments with the camera. I can, most of the time, pre-empt a photograph and how it will present itself to me in the near future due to that training.
Having travelled far and wide, across the globe, which is the most interesting country and how does that compare to India?