Dedicated to the larger-than-life spirit of Mumbai, Covershot: The Maximum City, a show on National Geographic Channel will see 16 photographers tell their version of the chaos, the charm of the world famous dabbawalas of the city. Mentoring and judging the show will be the installation and visual artist Samar Singh Jodha, film director Abhinay Deo (of Delhi Belly fame) and master-photographer Raghu Rai. Jodha, best known for addressing issues like development, human rights and conservation through his works, tells us more about mentoring, judging art and the ideal picture.
What drew you to the show?
From concept to format to execution, it is an exceptional and remarkable show. My biggest expectation is to see all of the contestants from the show emerge into big names.
The challenge to pick the best.
Judging such beautiful and thought- provoking images was a huge task and a great responsibility. Some images were so good and powerful they left us awestruck. Some contestants are young and some are professionals, it was key for me to look at each picture through the same lens.
Audience appeal of the show.
The zeal, energy and the positive attitude of the contestants
Rewind to your beginning.
I picked up my first camera at 13 while I was at an international school at the foothills of the Kilimanjaro. Growing in different parts of the world kind of reinforced my headspace into creativity. This also led to attending (and mostly dropping out of) a number of art, photography, film and design schools such as NID in Ahmedabad.
What is the key to photography?
The key to a great photograph is to be present at the right place at the right time to take that perfect shot. And the artistic ability to compose a picture in the mind before getting it on film.
Mumbai as the subject.
Mumbai is the dream city! It has been captured many times, by renowned photographers. However there are some aspects that are still new. That we wanted to explore through Covershot.