Aga Khan Academy students inspired by award-winning photographer Fredric Robert

Award-winning photographer Fredric Robert conducts workshop
By Yunus Y. Lasania for The Hindu Updated: October 17, 2015 10:10 IST

… And on Thursday afternoon, Fredric was in the nondescript area of Maula-ka-Chilla in Talab Katta in Old City for a photography workshop organised by the Aga Khan Foundation (AGF) for high-school aged students. “I was at Wall Street for 30 years, and had my own investment banking firm. In the year 2000, I decided to quit, and someone suggested that I take up photography. I had travelled to third world countries, and I saw many people leading happy lives in spite of not earning much,” said Fredric, adding that his work concentrates on capturing the lives of people who are content with what they have.

Fredric Robert with his students. (Photo: G. Ramakrishna via The Hindu)
Fredric Robert with his students. (Photo: G. Ramakrishna via The Hindu)

Fredric was at a vocational training institute run by the AGF and Mahitha in the area, where he was directing students on how to click pictures . “I thought it would be boring. I would never shoot using a manual camera, but I learnt to do that as well as how a camera works,” said Saher Hirani, a student from the Aga Khan Academy who was part of the programme. Apart from clicking photographs , Fredric and his young team also visited households in Old City to capture the everyday lives of people . “When it comes to the Muslim community throughout the world, they have a bad reputation. But I see these kids here and they are wonderful. You don’t know if there is a Gandhiji among them ,” he said .

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