Manas Bhattacharya

Shadowgraphs: A Requiem for Polaroid
"Polaroid will soon disappear as a direct consequence of the advent of the digital. Polaroid factories worldwide are being shut down and the company has stopped producing all Polaroid films from February this year. This series is, therefore, a lament for a photographic format that embodied a singular way of looking at and imagining the world."

Manas Bhattacharya is a cinematographer, photographer, painter and composer based in Kolkata, India. He studied comparative literature and film in the university, and is currently completing his studies in cinematography from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. For the past six years, he has been working as a cinematographer in experimental fiction films and documentaries. He has received support from the India Foundation for the Arts for new media projects in 2002 and 2008. His visual work has recently been shown in a juried exhibition at the Centre for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA, appeared in Black Robert Journal, and is forthcoming in Indian contemporary art journals Art Connect and Marg. Manas is at present preparing for his first solo exhibition to be held at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre in Kolkata, in March 2009.

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