How do Richard Avedon and Peter Lindbergh factor in as influences on your work?"When I first started photography as a means of expression, Avedon was my biggest inspiration. I loved the way he documented culture and life’s various subcategories. Flipping through the pages of "The Sixties" I felt as if I was brought into that era, and I sought to do the same with my work. I wanted to capture the essence of various creative cultures and tell stories that introduced the audience to the world of the subject and/or what the subject represents.The extent of my Avedon inspiration was merely conceptual though. My visual direction was the product of many different influences. After some time, I discovered Peter Lindbergh and LOVED how he communicated with light. I believe that light is the primary communicative element in an image. With Lindbergh, I learned the power of speaking subtly rather than loudly.” — RWFull story on Rog, STYLE DOSSIER // ROG WALKER
It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.
Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.
The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.
Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.
There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.
Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.
One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.
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"I had trouble sleeping the whole time I was doing 12 Years a Slave, but that night, I got even less sleep. But it occurred to me while I was weeping in the night that my discomfort was temporary and Patsy’s wasn’t and it still makes me cry. I had been given this privilege to bring her back to life and it just quieted my soul and prepared me for the next day’s work.”
— Lupita Nyong’o [x]