Bangalore, Nov 13: Selvaprakash L, working as a photographer in DNA newspaper, Bangalore has recieved India Press Photo Awards organised by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation. He got the award in the Contemporary Issues - Singles category. "This picture taken during my photo documentation on the Old Age homes in Bangalore on 13th of May 2007. Inmates spend time in their room as a dead body of another inmate being kept in the next bed for the disposal. The inmates are those who were neglected by their own offspring in the so called moral and culturally valued Indian society. The idea behind the picture is to depict the Indian values surrounding death of a person, where family and friends gather to give a respectable end to the person they have lived with. But in this image, a body lies with no takers and awaits for a lonely journey towards an unknown destination," explains Selvaprakash about the award winning picture.
More about Selvaprakash
Selvaprakash (born 1978) in Tirunelveli, India, received his Masters in Communication from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in India. He started his photography career as a staff photographer for Dinamalar, a leading Indian daily newspaper and he later worked as the chief photographer for the Dinakaran Tamil Daily. (http://www.lightstalkers.org/selvaprakash)
Selvaprakash's photography focuses on a wide range of social, political and economic issues such as the struggles of seasonal migrant workers, child labourers, AIDS sufferers and their families, Sri Lankan refugees, mine workers and Nepalese circus performers.
In 2007, he participated in Angkor Photography Festival's free workshops and won the Paris Match Award for best emerging Asian photographer with his work on AIDS sufferers and their families in Cambodia.
His work is exhibited in PourIInstant 15th Young Visual Artist Exhibition Niort-France and 2008 World photojournalsim festival(China TOPS)
He is now working as Photographer for DNA,Bangalore. His photographs have been published in Paris Match, Asian Geo and other leading newspapers and magazines across India.