December 14, 2016 4:53:45 am
SOME OF the best works of the city photojournalists from different English and Marathi newspapers have been put on display at the three-day exhibition, organised by Pune Union of Working Journalists, at Balgandharva Rangmandir art gallery on Tuesday. Visitors checked out the brilliant collection that captured all aspects of public life.
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From drought-hit Marathwada, various political events, Ganesh festivities, cultural happenings in the city to sports events, the lens of Pune photojournalists seem to have captured it all.
Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde’s selfie picture in the drought-hit Latur, which was taken by The Indian Express correspondent Manoj More from Pune and was published in this paper on April 18, is among the ones displayed.
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On April 17, Munde, who had gone to inspect the drought-hit Latur district, was seen taking a selfie in the village where the river desilting work was underway. Following criticism over the photograph, Munde had to skip a Cabinet meeting and remained out of bounds for a long time. She later clarified that she took the selfie to capture “some amount of water in a river, which was a rare sight in Latur rivers.”
“Oh, this picture had created quite a stir…It was there all over TV channels and debates,” said B. Surve, a police official visiting the exhibition.
Piyusha Awachar, a student, said, “The pictures are riveting. Each one reflects the creativity of the photographer. The picture of minister Munde taking selfie in a drought-hit region had drawn a lot of criticism for her when it first published,” she said.
Besides this, several other pictures, including Express photopgrapher’s picture capturing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar together at a function, drew praise from the visitors.
The picture of a dried-up well in a drought-hit region, non-use of helmets by two-wheeler riders, people pushing a PMPML bus, a crow that had brought traffic to a halt, women praying at Shani Shingnapur, farmer leader Raju Shetti during a protest on noteban also garnered attention.
Some of the photographers whose pictures have been put on display include Sadanand Godse, Pavan Khengre, Chandu Palkar, Gignesh Mistry, Vidya Ranade, Rahul Yalgunde, Manoj Bidkar, Suryakant Gavade, Mahendra Kolhe and Kapil Pawar.
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