Amarjit Chandan

Works displayed at Uddari Art Exhibition:
Photographs
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Known for his poetry and activism, Amarjit Chandan brings to light a life-long body of work in photography; perhaps a tribute to his father Gopal Singh Chandan who was a professional photographer.

Looking through Amarjit’s portraits, it seems as if he has photographed each face in a moment of ‘revealing’ of the person. Peering through the eyes of over fifty people, mainly men, Chandan displays a stubborn resolve to let his ‘subjects’ express at least part of their souls in their portraits. As Chandan becomes adept at it, his subjects become more and more willing to be ‘expressed’ by him. He provides no props, gimmicks or teck-flicks to create the environment; it is just ‘you and me’, so to speak.

It is an impressive portfolio with Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna, Revolutionary. 1967; Habib Jalib, Poet. 1988; Pritam Singh, Publisher. 1993; Navtej Bharti, Writer. 1991; Balwant Gargi, Dramatist. 1992; and, Madan Gopal Singh, Singer. 2000 to mention only the first few posted here.

Chandan prefers black and white in his portraits to increase the inherent impact of each personality since he inspires the more contemplative, at times brooding, aspects in people. It is a solumn spectacle till we find the smiling, even laughing, faces of the few women in the collection. Tahira Mazhar Ali, Activist. 1999; Mano. Nakodar 1973; Kewal Kaur, Activist. 1974; and, Veronica Dewan, Writer. 1994, and a couple others; None pay much heed to the contemplative message. I have to say that the woman-presence enlivens this amazing collection of Punjabi writers, publishers, artists and activists; and, some of our very dear friends.

This may be the largest online photo collection of contemporary Punjabi art and literary community, and that in itself is a matter of pride; but to me its real value resides in the fact that it represents our diversity. People living and working in East and West Punjab, and overseas; writing in Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi; (some) women and (a lot of) men; and, people boasting all kinds of creative expressions. In addition, this is a rare chance where we can also see some of our activists and revolutionaries.

Uddari Art is indeed proud to host all the people in Chandan’s portrait collection who have contributed to our development and have enriched our lives with their creations.

Web Thekaanay
Amarjit Chandan
Uddari Weblog

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Gurbachan Kaur by Kulwant Singh Dhillon

Haunting Faces
Gurbachan Kaur
Ipoh, Malaya
September 1940
Photo by Kulwant Singh Dhillon

Amarjit Chandan Collection

More by Amarjit Chandan at Uddari Art:
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Web Thekaanay
Amarjit Chandan
Uddari Weblog

Unknown by Gopal Singh Chandan

Unknown
Nakodar. circa 1936
Photo by Gopal Singh Chandan

Haunting Faces
The woman in this portrait is the wife of a doctor working in Civil Hospital, Nakodar. It was taken by Amarjit’s father who ran a small photo studio in the town. The name of the woman is not known.

Amarjit Chandan Collection

More by Amarjit Chandan at Uddari Art:
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Web Thekaanay
Amarjit Chandan
Uddari Weblog

Haunting Faces: Bachint Singh

Bachint Singh son of Kahna Singh
Bathal, Hoshiarpur 1927

Haunting Faces
Bachint Singh’s photo was used on his passport issued in Lahore in 1926. He traveled to Kenya and never returned home. He died in 1980.

Amarjit Chandan Collection

More by Amarjit Chandan at Uddari Art:
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Web Thekaanay
Amarjit Chandan
Uddari Weblog