My Best Shot: S Paul


Photograph/S Paul

 This story was originally published in January 2014.

S Paul

S Paul

Why It Is My Best Shot
Each of my photograph is like a child to me. I cannot compare them nor say that one is better than the other. That said, this picture won a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Japan in 1988 and was published in the Commonwealth book ‘Life, Day by Day’ making it special.

Where and When I Shot This Image
I made this image at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi, sometime in 1985.

How I Achieved It
As a journalist, I was allowed to take my car inside the zoo. Through my window, I saw this frame of working labourers taking shelter from the rain. They were completely drenched and looked like sculptures against the background making me want to photograph the scene.

The Gear I Used To Get The Shot
I used a Nikon F2 camera with a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 telephoto lens on B&W film.

About S Paul
S Paul is a photography legend and has been honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India. Other than a number of national and international awards to his credit, he has also been widely published world over. A prolific photographer even today, he was the Chief of the photo department at the ‘Indian Express’ between 1962–1988.

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