Panjiar’s interest in photography began in the late 1970s during “The Emergency”, a period when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a nationwide state of emergency and suspended civil liberties. When “The Emergency” ended, Panjiar had just started his career.
“Emerging from a period of suspended freedoms, censorship and repression, journalism in India was booming. […] there was a sense of idealism that drove most of the publications,” he recalls. Since then, his works have appeared in some of the most prominent Indian and international newspapers and magazines, he has worked as an editor and curator, and co-founded the bi-annual Delhi Photo Festival.
“I wouldn’t know how to sum up my career except to say I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.” He says Art & Object, “As an individual, you can probably only have limited experiences – a smaller life. But throughout my life as a photojournalist, I’ve been privileged to live the lives of so many people and see so many of things that I’ve led a truly BIG life!”
What is unseen is a journey through space and time through some of the most significant events in Indian history such as the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque in 1992, the Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and the story of the famous king bandit Malkhan Singh.