During his 28 years of photography, the UK-based photographer has come in contact with tribals of Orissa, the eastern state of
Really, the photos that he captured speak millions of words, I can not express here. Being the son of Orissa, I am very much familiar with the Tribal lifestyle. And the photographs brought back my luminous memories that I had with these tribals.
I am deeply impressed at his wonderful job. With a heavy heart, I wrote a mail to Premgit for an interview. He agreed. For, I am ever grateful to him.
1. How did you get into photography?
A cheap plastic Kodak camera was my introduction to picture taking and in my late teens I progressed to a decent SLR.
2. Can you describe the first photograph you took that made you, or someone else, thinks that you might have a calling as a photographer?
At about this time I did some close up work of flowers, and with encouragement from my father, who was an artist, and friends, kept on persevering.
3. What types of assignments attract you most?
I have always worked on a thematic basis, and have found that photographing things that touch me in some way always produce the best images. In the last few years, the plight of tribal peoples of Asia and especially
4. I hope you have visited different parts of
I have been traveling in
5. The image gallery (Your) made me clear that during your visit and stay in
I went to Orissa for the first time last year, and was lucky enough to visit with 5 different tribes. For me it was a great experience.
6. What made you to spend times with Tribals?
I wanted to see how the Orissa tribes differed from the tribes in
7. Please tell me the peculiarities of Orissa Tribes?
I found extraordinary the way their social structures are almost opposite from that of mainstream
8. Which aspects of Bondas have impressed you a lot?
The Bondas must be one of the most primitive tribes in
9. As widely known, Bondas are primitive people. They are untouched by rapid strides taking place in all fronts of human civilization. What is your opinion in this regard?
It seems to me that whatever advances that have been made in
10. The number of Bondas is steadily dwindling. If it continues, they may be extinct sooner or later. Of all reasons, I believe, the lack of recognition is one of most vital factors. Do you agree on this?
The Bondas represent a unique facet of humankind. I think diversity should be encouraged, and help and resources extended to these people when asked for or when appropriate.
11. What step should government take to protect them?
I think government and civil society should become much more aware of the value these people have in the kaleidoscope of humanity, and celebrate their difference.
12. What is your impression towards Orissa?
I was very impressed by Orissa. It truly is a beautiful state. It does seem to have political problems, of which I don’t fully understand. Food and water will be great issues in years to come, so I think as much support to all the farmers as possible would be to the states great advantage.
13. Before end, please give your frank comment on my blog?
Your blog I found most instructive and interesting. Most of my time is spent in