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Eleven

This is Dek Unu Magazine. In Esperanto, dek unu means "eleven." Eleven images from a single artist. Eleven artists in eleven solo issues in each publication year. Dek Unu publishes the work of a new artist-photographer in each issue. The artist's work and words are featured in individual focus as the sole purpose for each issue of the magazine.  Unlike other arts and letters magazines which might look for work from a variety of artists to support an editorial staff's theme, at Dek Unu, theme and imagery are always each artist's own. 

It is a pleasure to introduce emerging Indian artist-photographer Chinmoy Biswas to the Dek Unu community. He lives in the suburbs of Kolkata and works both in the city itself and, with this month’s featured project, in the rural areas of West Bengal. The fabricated adjective “natgeo” (after National Geographic Magazine) is an apt fit for Biswas’s photography. His images are of exceptional technical quality, each tells a real and relatable story, and, each reveals the artist’s affection for his subject and his understanding of our shared humanity. 

For this series, working in his own back yard, Biswas concentrates on the familiar: kids playing, laborers at work, a subsistence fisherman casting a net.  His characters are quotidian, universal, often rendered in silhouette, often small in the midst of a wide landscape that he calls the “rural canvas.”  In atmospheric black-and-white, he places his everyday scenes in a creatively-seen and carefully-crafted frame. A scene of which there might be hundreds of phone-photographed snapshots becomes, as interpreted by this artist, something entirely different. Enjoy Chinmoy’s “story of the rural people.”

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