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‘Satyan had the ability to laugh at himself’

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T.S. Satyan
T.S. Satyan

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Bangalore: T.S. Satyan, who died on December 14, was not just a photojournalist par excellence, he was a quintessential Mysorean, said the former Additional Chief Secretary Chiranjiv Singh.

Karnataka Photo News had organised an event in memory of the late photojournalist on Friday.

“Satyan had the ability to laugh at himself. He was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who is considered to be father of modern photojournalism. He followed Bresson’s philosophy of depicting geometry and movement in all his photos.”

Mr. Singh said that the mark of a great artist was to show the ordinary in an extraordinary light.

“That is exactly what Satyan was. He depicted the ‘inner eye’ in all his pictures. All who knew him will surely cherish memories of time spent with him,” he added.

V.N. Subba Rao, veteran journalist, said that Satyan was a mine of information. He had a way with people and was well-read in both English and Kannada.

Sesha Chandrika, who has translated Satyan’s book ‘Alive and Clicking’ into Kannada, said that Satyan was a large hearted person, who made donations to many charities.

“People just know that he used to demand royalty. But money did not matter to him. He demanded royalty because he wanted his work to be treated with respect,” he said.

G.N. Mohan, journalist, said that Satyan was a compassionate and witty person. When he was in Delhi, he had formed the “Baldies Club”. He also submitted numerous representations urging authorities to rename a train between Bangalore and Mysore as R.K. Narayan Express.

Renowned journalists T.J.S. George and Jayaram Adiga, retired photojournalist T.L. Ramaswamy and Saggare Ramaswamy of KPN spoke.

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