TaTa Sam Bejan : A Tribute to an humanist photographer
TaTa Sam Bejan
A Tribute to an humanist photographer
Ann W. Thomas, September 17, 2007
Tata Sam Bejan
Tata Sam Bejan


Tata Sam Bejan, photojournalist, portrait photographer (of Indian descent but born in Shanghai in September 30, 1911, China). He immigrated to Canada in 1956. An unobtrusive but lively personality permitted him to witness discreetly the events surrounding the 1949 Chinese Revolution. His extraordinary work recorded life on the streets and in the courts of Shanghai in 1948; in India, he had seen the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson and found his approach to photography radically altered.

Tata Sam Bejan_Wooster Victory_1949
Tata Sam Bejan_Wooster Victory_1949


Tata Sam Bejan_Cinema Tokyo, 1973
Tata Sam Bejan_Cinema Tokyo, 1973


Tata Sam Bejan_Woman in Bombay, 1948
Tata Sam Bejan_Woman in Bombay, 1948


Tata's portraits of Canadian artists, writers, poets and photographers are an important contribution to Canadian history and photography. He died on July 3, 2005 in Sooke (Vancouver Island near Victoria), British Columbia, Canada.

Tata Sam Bejan_Irving Layton, Montreal, 1961
Tata Sam Bejan_Irving Layton, Montreal, 1961


Tata Sam Bejan_Pat Pearce, Montreal, 1963
Tata Sam Bejan_Pat Pearce, Montreal, 1963


Tata Sam Bejan_Navjote ceremonial, Montreal, 1969
Tata Sam Bejan_Navjote ceremonial, Montreal, 1969


Tata Sam Bejan_Library in the street, Shangaï, 1949
Tata Sam Bejan_Library in the street, Shangaï, 1949


Tata Sam Bejan_Library in the street, Shangaï, 1949
Tata Sam Bejan_Library in the street, Shangaï, 1949


Tata Sam Bejan_Cages with song birds
Tata Sam Bejan_Cages with song birds


Tata Sam Bejan_Pedicab drivers at street corners
Tata Sam Bejan_Pedicab drivers at street corners


Tata Sam Bejan_Children beggars
Tata Sam Bejan_Children beggars


Tata Sam Bejan_Manifesto in the street
Tata Sam Bejan_Manifesto in the street


Tata Sam Bejan_Louis Archambault, Montreal, 1958
Tata Sam Bejan_Louis Archambault, Montreal, 1958


Tata Sam Bejan_Catholic priest
Tata Sam Bejan_Catholic priest


Tata Sam Bejan_Communists activists
Tata Sam Bejan_Communists activists


Tata Sam Bejan_At Shangai North Railway Station
Tata Sam Bejan_At Shangai North Railway Station


Tata Sam Bejan_Poor man
Tata Sam Bejan_Poor man


Tata Sam Bejan
Tata Sam Bejan