Photos & Text: Amit Mehra
Persian in its origins, “Roznaama”, or “Roz” “naama”, implies a series of daily documentations, much like a diary, or a series of notes, if you may. It is the term “roz” that throws up an interesting connotation, though. Is this book a diary of a photographer, the daily sketches of his visual mind? But the idea of Roznaama emerged simply out of affection and love for my daughter. In 2012, I was blessed with the most beautiful gift that a father can ever think of, my daughter, which was followed by an iPhone, and within no time the three of us formed a great bond with each other. So actually, this body of work started with the joy and stagnation of babysitting.
Roznaama not only helped me to explore and understand my relationships, especially with my daughter, family, and friends but also with the streets and spaces where I grew up or live. With Roznaama, I am sharing my freedom, my joys. My Roz. One may not know about tomorrow, but today, I feel, photography is like my breath. It is the silence that reveals itself in the chaos of the everyday.
Roznaama by Amit Mehra is India’s first book of photographs shot entirely with an iPhone