Dr.Pradeep Tewari, Senior Photojournalist, India
In my career as a photojournalist, spanning over 19 years, I have always tried to retain artistic sensibilities even in an atmosphere where paucity of time challenges one to strike the critical balance between news value and aesthetics in one’s photographs.
I began my career in 1996 with the Indian Express, a national daily of India published from Chandigarh. I was the key photographer selected to cover J&K at the time of Jammu edition launch in 1997. After more than three years with the Indian Express, I joined The Tribune Group of Newspapers in June 2000, one of the leading media groups in the northern India where I got even better exposure in the field. After a year, the Editor-in-Chief posted me in Ludhiana to strengthen The Tribune’s presence there and set high standards for the newly launched Ludhiana Tribune. Once the Edition established and stabilised there, I was recalled to the headquarters at Chandigarh.
I view my subjects from social angle and have always endeavoured to highlight the plight of the marginalised through my lens. I do get feedback of my work whenever an action is initiated by the concerned institution, governmental or otherwise, on the issues highlighted by me in the newspaper. I always crave to highlight the problems of underprivileged and make an effort to educate the society through my photographs. I have also received kudos from my Editor-in-Chief, other senior colleagues, friends in the profession and others.
I have been awarded for my photos by various societies and organisations which include the three prizes by the John Hopkins University, USA Best Photo Award by the World Health Organisation on the disability theme, First Prize in the market category by the Friends of Earth Society, Netherlands and – to name a few.
I have done Ph.D. from Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University under the supervision of Prof.B.K.Kuthiala, VC, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal.