Hyderabad and history go hand-in-hand. It has transformed itself into one of India’s most visually striking cities with its wide blue skies and historical monuments strewn all over the place. The Geothe-Zentrum, Hyderabad, in collaboration with businessman and renowned photographer Ambareesh Pittie give patrons a taste of the same grandeur through the photography exhibition, ‘Historical Hyderabad’. Featuring snapshots from Pittie’s hobby album, the collection is on sale, funds of which will be given to the Art for Causes, an initiative by a group of non-profit organisation working towards children empowerment.
Through The Lens
The exhibition showcases 15 unique photographs that display the historical monuments captured over a time period of three decades. From the resplendent Chowmahalla Palace, Qutub Shahi tombs to the British residency and Paigah tombs, these pictures portray the spectacular history the city untiringly carries forward.
Choosing a unique way to unveil the collection, patrons were huddled in a dark room while verses by Gulzar were recited. As the recitation continued, the collection was unveiled one by one.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, these stills speak loud and clear for themselves, giving visitors an opportunity to revisit the glorious past. Unusually large in size, it almost transports one to the location as even the the minutest of details is visible. For instance, standing in front of the photograph of the Paigah tombs, one can see the intricate leaf detail on the arch of the building.
The collection also features some of Pittie’s favourite haunts – the Qutub Shahi tombs for one. There is also extensive coverage of The Golconda Fort.
Historical Hyderabad marks the second solo exhibition of Ambareesh Pittie. A businessman by trade but photographer by hobby, Pittie has been clicking photographs since he picked up the camera when he was 12 years old.
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, it was then perhaps only natural that the architecture and the old world charm of the city would sneak its way into Pittie’s heart. “I am extremely happy and excited about the exhibition as the theme was based on historical monuments and I am very fascinated by such architecture. Also, the money being collected will go for charity,” he shares.
Talking about the photographs themselves, he says, “These pictures are a apart of my old and new collection that I have clicked over 30 years; in this time, I have revisited these monuments a million times.”
So, with the eye for detail and passion that he has, which of the 15 shots are his favourite? “There is no favourite; I love each and every picture that I have shot, as every picture is different. When you click the same monument three different times, the final result will be three different perspectives.”
With most of the photographs being shot in black and white (B/W), with a just a few breaking the monochrome, the collection also gives away Pittie’s preference for stark contrast. “I prefer B/W more than colour as they reflect the depth of the picture and I like the challenge of visualising my shot which is naturally full of colour.”
So why the few in colour?
“Well, the Chowmahalla palace ought to be to showcase the grand royalty through the marble flooring, Belgium glass chandeliers and so on,” reasons the Vidyaranya alumni.
At 60, Pittie still loves to go with the flow, letting his subject dictate his photo composition. “While selecting the pictures for the collection, no parameters were followed as each and every picture had their own importance and prediction.”
Historical Hyderabad will remain on view till January 26, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am to 1 pm on weekends at the Goethe-Zentrum, located at Journalist Colony, Road no 3, Banjara Hills.