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They often risk their lives to "frame'' history. Black and white and now colour, unsung heroes of "record'' in the time of digital images on television are getting to showcase their legacy. And this is a chance to finally turn the lens on them. Paying tribute to the men with cameras on the occasion of National Press Day in their style, the Press Council of India has put together an exhibition in the Capital.

Unlike those who shoot for a passion, their pictures are different as the element of time is very crucial.

A kaleidoscope of the past and present, some of the pictures on view at the exhibition are instantly recognisable, all of them grab attention. Aptly titled "A Tribute to Photo Journalism'', the exhibition is interesting for those associated with the world of media and even those who are just interested in photography.

From Nehru standing on a podium with the Tricolour soaring above him photographed by Narayanan Thiagarajan to the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi being pulled along by a young boy, the exhibition is a must for those interested in the past.

While most of these pictures narrate the stories of major events, there are some that are about sheer beauty.

The photograph of the peacock with its tail spread outward with deer grazing near water taken by Joginder Chawla is one such.

The picture of the mountains in a golden-hued sky by Hiranmay Karlekar is another on the same aesthetic theme.

Bringing alive the known names in the photography world in India and abroad, there are pictures by Sebastiao Salgado from Brazil, Shahidul Alam from Bangladesh and Dominic Sansoni from Sri Lanka just to name some.

A glimpse of the kind of lives photojournalists have been capturing -- images of war, peace, celebration and devastation -- the exhibition also provides a canvas for a range of human emotions.

The exhibition is on view at AIFACS Gallery at Rafi Marg till this Saturday (November 18) -- open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- Mandira Nayar

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