Debiprasad Mukherjee: Sound of Silence

Kolkata's hearing impaired kids

Debiprasad Mukherjee is an award-winning Indian freelance documentary photographer based out of Kolkata, who with this series explores the lives of hearing- and speech-impaired children in the slums of his home city.   “When I began photographing a few deaf and dumb children in the city I had no clue about their world, about their lives and situations. Though I was compassionate I couldn’t relate… I tried to learn introductory sign language so it could help me to communicate with them, and equipped myself by researching deafness. But believe me, it was not at all enough to face the new world that was awaiting me.”