Contemporary Photo Archive

Abul Kalam Azad

1990 – 2000

In the early nineties, Abul moved to Delhi, where he worked with the Press Trust of India. He shifted to photojournalism as a choice of career, and after indulging in it for a while, rejected this path in favour of a more personal approach to the medium of photography. Even though a majority of his photographs from this intense five-year long photojournalistic career was handed over to the News Agency, a few negatives are with us. EtP is interested in recovering and archiving the surviving images from Abul’s professional career. This period also influenced and shaped his thought process and ensured his presence in the mainstream Indian photography. Abul continued his formal experiments, almost always using the print as the base medium. With the support of different scholarships, he traveled to Europe for higher studies. Returning to India after completing his courses in Europe, he started practicing photography as an independent visual artist and accelerated his efforts in experimental and innovative photography. His inherited passion for design and fashion are reflected in the works from this period. Sociopolitical and autobiographical elements continue to dominate the images, but an even more versatile approach can be seen compared to earlier works. Abul indulges in eroticism and abstractions, and resorts to unconventional means such as scanning and working with found images.

Abul Kalam Azad Photo Archive

Abul Kalam Azad Photo Archive

Abul Kalam Azad Photo Archive