Tuesday, June 9, 2009
In The Valley Of Kashmir
John Isaac puts the exotic world of Kashmir into a universal perspective
After a 30-year career, including 20 years photographing for the United Nations in some of the most turbulent regions of the world, Isaac wanted to get away from photojournalism. Kashmir drew him back.
At 66, Isaac attributes the project’s success in large part to digital technology—namely, the fact that the cameras he used incorporate the Four Thirds sensor, making the whole system smaller, lighter and easier for travel.
“I’ve been working with Olympus closely for the last 10 years,” says Isaac, “and it’s very convenient for me because their cameras are much smaller. The whole Kashmir book I did with the Olympus E-1, which was a 5-megapixel camera. So all my double-page spreads, all that was shot with 5 megapixels. I wanted to prove a point that if you’re careful in your cropping and the way you shoot, you can make a coffee-table book with a 5-megapixel camera. So I’m proud, and Olympus was very proud, too.”
“The people of Kashmir,” says Isaac, “they asked me, ‘Don’t show us as a terrorist state. We need tourism to come and we want people to come back.’ I was criticized by some people who didn’t like the idea that I made this more like everyday people because they wanted to show the little sporadic bad activities that took place. So to prove a point, I took 17 photographers last November and we had a wonderful trip. I’m very happy that the book came out the way I wanted it to, and the way the people of Kashmir wanted it to.”
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