What is the dead of the night like for those who cannot and do not keep track of Mondays and Fridays? Those, for whom a drink is not a celebration but a means of surviving the next 24 hours? Those, who are engulfed in a foul odour in the dimly lit lane that leads up to the local bar? The lost, the unnoticed, the ones without an identity.
Soham Gupta has spent his time making his way through dark and dingy back-alleys and bylanes of Calcutta. His work, Angst puts a spotlight on people whom you would normally scurry past. An excerpt from Gupta’s stirring artist statement, that accompanies his provocative photographs of Calcutta’s homeless:
“At times, Calcutta seems to be the bleakest of all places. The city, like that forgotten pot of tea, feels so bitter, the tea-leaves resting in the teapot’s womb – like your love for Calcutta – responsible for all the bitterness.”
Based in Kolkata, Soham Gupta has a diploma in photojournalism from the Asian College of Journalism. He has had numerous exhibitions in India and abroad and has twice been nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Gupta’s work has been published in Tehelka, The Sunday Guardian, Yale Journal of International Affairs and Al Jazeera to name a few.
Angst is part of the exhibitions line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.