Some of the most captivating visual narratives over the years get lost in archives. Yet, instagram has given us a new legion of photographers, always on the move, who capture a fleeting moment that goes on to define how we engage with people and things far away from us. Every image acts as a reminder that childhood matters no matter who you are and where you come from.
Here’s some of our favourite photographers turned instagram whose feeds narrate enthralling childhood stories. More of their work at everydaychildhood, our curated platform of visual stories on childhood.
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“We don’t want media here. You better not use your camera. You people have maligned our image,” a young Jat protester holds his sword to the neck of an HT photographer, Arun Sharma, asking him to put his camera away or face the wrath of the 100-or-so men who have ringed him. Photojournalist and story teller, Arun’s instagram feed never fails to cover pressing issues across India – pollution levels in Delhi, religious festivals, board exam results, migration in Assam, drought in Maharshtra and daily life in India. What’s striking about his colourful and poetic storyline is that it almost always captures children.
An india_gram member and a supremely talented photographer, Massimo Bietti redefines the meaning of a visual storyteller. His eye for colour and composition lend themselves beautifully to stunning portraits of people across India and the world, especially children. Every face of a child photographed by maxxeto narrates a dramatic story (without the use of words!) and subtly brings to one’s conscience, the lives of children.
His love for travel and photography took him to Kashmir, Rajathan and Gujarat amongst other picturesque places world over. As he interacts with people and cultures across the world, you can’t help but notice his bent towards the lives of tribal girls in India. Their moods, the way they dress, the household chores and odd jobs they take on and their interactions with a nomadic life are reflected through his images. Capturing their spontaneous, intimate, and real moments, Aleksander’s documentation draws a juxtaposition between their innocence and maturity as a young age.
Jeremy is a Honolulu-based photographer, cinematographer, film maker and world traveler, whose work lives upto Henri Cartier Bresson’s concept of the decisive moment – the perfect second to press the shutter. What stands out in his instagram feed is his work for charitywater. Every image of a child drinking clean water from a tap or bathing in fresh water, is captivating, weaving together an unforgettable visual narrative that almost quenches your thirst.
A rather extraordinary portrait and street photographer from Istanbul, Aycin travels the world for work. Her interest in humanity without discrimination has brought her to India multiple times, to chronicle the lives of people here. Her belief that each individual is unique and special, in their most real and simple form, reflects in every portrait she takes. Every second frame in her instagram feed narrates the trials and tribulations of childhoods in India. Visually, there’s almost no match to abayrakt’s storytelling, especially on children.
The favourite amongst all India-centric instagram feeds is Chandan Khanna (you’ll spot his images everywhere!). This Delhi-based, AFP photographer cum iphone genius covers everyday life in India rather poignantly. Children getting into fist fights outside school, waiting in line while water tanks line up outside their slum, playing at temporary shelters, gathering coins at the Kumbh Mela to walking back from school, Khanna doesn’t leave a moment uncaptured. His effortless integration of children into his visual narratives emphasise the need for their stories to be told.
In a variety of colours and across various backdrops, Eva’s images focus on street life, a rather common sight in India. As she builds each story through her vivid imagery, this independent photographer lends depth and perspective to an already convoluted life of street children.
Sasikumar Ramachandran is a travel, street and fine art photographer based in Chennai, Tamilnadu. Through his lens, he takes us down memory lane, catching one’s attention with a sense of lighteartedness and curiosity, spontaneity and childlike spirit, evoking a yearning for childhood days. His colour palette and composition depict a merry childhood, deserved by all.
George Koruth is a passionate, self-taught photographer, whose keen interest in the human experience reflects in every photo story. His depiction of India’s daily life with an emphasis on social issues, gives voice to people and children who otherwise go unheard. This traveler’s tales have been showcased in magazines world over, taking stories of India’s children all across.
Rajagopalan Sarangapani is a Chennai based photographer whose passion for the visual medium made him travel the length and breadth of South India, capturing through his lens the hue and texture, joy and laughter, innocence and playfulness of being a child. His images bring to life a child’s curiosity and playtime, a very important aspect of childhood.
Polish freelance photographer, Magdalena Bagrianow’s work is nothing short of captivating. The manner in which he captures his portraits, their eyes and gaze, draw you instantly to the subject. ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ – his imagery of children narrate powerful stories of traditions, cultures and everyday lives in India. Don’t miss his photos of the gypsy children in Rajasthan!
Umar Meraj is a photographer and video journalist in Kashmir. His early years in a conflict zone lend new perspective and lens to life in Kashmir. From internal strife, sitting in shikaras, naka-bandis, playing in the snow, making cane baskets to militants standing at the border, Umar’s poetic images illustrate the irony of everyday kashmir life. What he includes rather effortlessly are the children of kashmir, who just like him, continue to grow up in the midst of an ongoing war.
This award-winning photographer’s great passion for indigenous people and tribes as well as different ethnic groups leads him to travel to the most neglected Asiatic countryside areas and capture people’s traditions and culture before these disappear. Many of his stories photograph indidenous children of India too. From the Jat tribe of Kutch, Drokpa tribe of Kashmir to gypsies in Punjab, Mattia brings stories of children and people who go untold.