Audiovisionary


Ashim Ghosh
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I started off as a Corporate/Industrial/Travel Photographer in 1984. Fulfilling many mainstream Corporate requirements, I travelled extensively around India, quenching an inherent wanderlust while capturing in fascination the diverse variegations of my country (This pursuit I still continue). I also wrote for many prominent Travel publications. Alongside I freelanced as a bass player/Vocalist/Composer for many diverse bands, concerts and studio recordings all over India. My music gravitated from western rock & pop to original jazz-rock and carnatic-jazz-fusion.


By 1990 the images I had shot during my travels became my main source of income. Stocked with FOTOMEDIA - India's prime image bank, they continue to be widely published. The same year I selectively reduced Corporate capers, concentrating on my growing interest in human documentation. From classic portraiture my style swung to photographing human interaction, innocent of its capture on celluloid, photographed intuitively from wherever my camera was. "Shooting-from-the-hip!" This changed the very concept of my vision, revealing the spiritual possibilities of co-existence. A journey of exploration along the philosophies of equality and oneness.


For the last five years I have directed and produced several highly successful training and presentation videos for international requirements for McKinsey & Company. These have required meeting very high benchmarks of quality and globally networked stringent production schedules and infrastructures. In July 1998, Post Midnight Hour - a television series on 50 years of the Photograph in India, which I had produced and directed was telecast on Doordarshan National. Recently I have been invited by The Japan Foundation to show a short film I am creating, entitled Studio Sories, regarding studio photographs in India.


Currently I am involved in setting up a Photography Centre in New Delhi, which proposes to launch in April 2000. This Centre, the first of it's kind will house a comprehensive range of Photographic facilities, along with a school, documentation centre and gallery. I have already set up The CASA Documentation Centre (see "contents" page) which has in it's photo archives over a 1000 images, some dating back to the 1890's. We are doing a millennium publication for the India Today Group, entitled "A MILLION EYES - a photo-history of 20th Century India."


My work has been considered rather significant in the Indian Contemporary scene. A lot of projects I am involved in today, call on my expertise and experience in various media, to express the politics, creative energy and cultural synthesis I represent. A synthesis of both global influences and my root identity as an Indian.


[The computer-based piece of music in the page-background was composed by Ashim Ghosh, with lyrics written by Arjun Raina. The song is called "Giddhon ka Raj" i.e. The Empire of Vultures. It is a tongue'n cheek dig at the socio-political value system in India, used as the soundtrack for a dance theatre performance by Arjun and Ashim. They present a contemporary performance style called Khelkali, where the aesthetic of Kathakali (from Arjun's training), projected colour slides and original recorded as well as live music(Ashim's contribution) are brought together. Arjun and Ashim have performed together for several years, in schools, colleges and stages, right from the remote villages of Himachal and UP to the big, bad, city of New Delhi. They have ongoing travel and performance plans.]


Ashim Ghosh
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