PDNedu: When and why did
you decide to study in the
SD: I’ve always believed in formal
education. I couldn’t find the perfect school in India, so I turned to
the United States. I planned to
attend Brooks Institute in 2001,
yet due to 9/11, my plans got
postponed until 2009.
PDNedu: When did you start
work on Marginal Trades?
SD: On my 2011 summer break.
PDNedu: How do you get models?
SD: I rent an empty space for the
day, set up my backdrops and
lighting and put people in charge
while I go looking for subjects.
I’ll explain my project and, if the
subject agrees, I bring them
back for the photo session. Almost every subject realizes that
his or her profession will never be
the same in 20 years; however
few agree to be photographed.
PDNedu: What’s most impor-
tant to you in your pictures?
SD: The elements I pay attention to are Dignity, Depth and
Details. As a photographer, I
want to slow things down and
pay respect to these tradesmen
and bring them to light.
PDNedu: Do you have a strat-
egy for submitting your work
for competitions and grants?
SD: No strategy, but I feel the
Internet has changed our accessibility to opportunities. It’s
a new game, where you have to
be globally aware of where your
work fits best and what opportunities can create more awareness for you and your work.
PDNedu: Based on the port-
folio reviews you’ve had so
far, is there anything you’d do
differently next time?
SD: I’ll definitely work on my
verbal skills and my portfolio presentation and do more research
on the reviewers in order to get
the best possible critique.
PDNedu: What’s in store for
SD: I honestly hope to have a
global existence. New York has
given me a lot of opportunities,
yet I always yearn for India.
It’s a very special place and a
source of inspiration for my
projects. India has so many
stories that need to be told. I
hope I’ll be able to successfully
convey them to a larger audience, as I feel I’m doing with
Marginal Trades. EDU
In this PDNedu photographer profile, we highlight an emerging talent whose work
we discovered during a recent portfolio review event. We met with Supranav Dash
in October 2013 at the Eddie Adams Workshop 11: 30 Club reviews in Jeffersonville,
New York. For more of our interview with Dash,⎯from his commercial photography
background in India to his current global success,⎯visit < www.pdnedu.com>.
Above (lef t to right): Sound-and-Light Men, $17 weekly, 2013; Street Typist, $12.50 weekly, 2011
For more than 25 years, the Eddie Adams Workshop
has offered one of the photo industry’s premier education and networking events. This four-day gathering at
Adams’s upstate New York farm is a rare opportunity to
work with some of the best photo editors and top photojournalists in the business. Attendees— 50 emerging
photographers and 50 students—are selected based
on the merit of their portfolios, which should show a
combination of talent and potential. Such notable photographers as Kwaku Alston, Benjamin Lowy, Stephanie
Sinclair and Ami Vitale count this workshop as a turning
point in their careers. To be considered for a spot on this
year’s roster, visit www.eddieadamsworkshop.com and
apply online before May 3.
PDN30 Panel Discussions
The coming of spring means we’re gearing up for a new
round of PDN30 seminars, featuring the 2014 honorees. Our upcoming six-city tour features panel discussions at four prominent photo schools, the Palm Springs
Photography Festival and PDN PhotoPlus Expo. During
each event, three PDN30 photographers offer first-hand
advice on getting started in the photo industry—from
what they learned in school (and what they wish they’d
been taught) to how they got their first jobs and much
more. After individual presentations, a candid discussion
with industry professional panelists generates career
advice you won’t hear anywhere else.
For further details about upcoming seminars and
to view work from all PDN30 photographers, visit:
Supranav Dash, Marginal Trades
Supranav Dash, a 2013 graduate of the School of Visual Arts, recounts
his adventures in making large-format portraits of endangered tradesmen in old-world professions, in and around his hometown of Kolkata,
India, that are at risk of vanishing in our high-tech world.