Conceptual - NOMINEE: Mijannur Rahaman Gazi
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Claustrophobia means, extreme or irrational fear of confined places.
Kolkata - the eastern Indian metro, where I was born and brought up. This is the place where I did my every first thing. My education, job, vagabondism drag me into the different alleys of this city. It used to give me a lot of unexpected positive surprises now and then. I had an infatuation for this city which dragged me to every corner. Don’t know why but I started fearing this city for the last few years. I do not like to walk on those city streets and alleys anymore. I believe Metro life becomes too much unstable. It does not give me the sudden pleasing surprises. It suffocates me. Trees, animals, birds are also got arrested in that suffocation. The feeling of confinement of this city life made me to do this work.
Mijannur Rahaman Gazi is a documentary Photographer based in Kolkata, India. He has a post graduate diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He has worked as sub-editors with several regional Newspapers. He left his job to pursue his carrier in documentary photography, which is the passion of his life. This year he was nominated to Joop Swart Master Class (WPP) by eminent photographer Mr. Raghu Rai. In 2017 he was awarded with Neel Dongre Grant for excilence in photography. For last few years his work focuses on Sociological issues in his own country.
He has strong faith in humanity and medium of Photography. He believes that the turmoil the world is facing today will be over soon.