A Portrait of India examines life across India. 


Ongoing Project [2015-Present]

Hooghly river Kolkata India.
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An early morning bather on the edge of the Hooghly river bank in Kolkata, India.

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An early morning bather on the edge of the Hooghly river bank in Kolkata, India.

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Pine forest near Ghum, West Bengal

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Pine forest near Ghum, West Bengal

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Tuk Tuk drivers in Mumbai

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Tuk Tuk drivers in Mumbai

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elephant abuse wildlife photographer of the year varanasi india
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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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night bus calcutta india
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Nightbus, Calcutta

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Nightbus, Calcutta

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man taxi driver window night mumbai india
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Taxi driver in Mumbai

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Taxi driver in Mumbai

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Boys play inside a washing vat in Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

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Boys play inside a washing vat in Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

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Marigold Malik Ghat flower market Calcutta india
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Marigold seller at Malik Ghat flower market, Calcutta.

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Marigold seller at Malik Ghat flower market, Calcutta.

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An elderly gentleman walks back from lunch in Calcutta

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An elderly gentleman walks back from lunch in Calcutta

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ganges river women hindu varanasi india
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Sunrise on the morning of Chhath Puja Festival in Varanasi

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Sunrise on the morning of Chhath Puja Festival in Varanasi

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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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nightbus men calcutta india
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Nightbus, Calcutta

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Nightbus, Calcutta

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Schoolgirls in Danapur, Bihar

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Schoolgirls in Danapur, Bihar

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Ferry Crossing at India Gate, Mumbai

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Ferry Crossing at India Gate, Mumbai

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A man prays on Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi

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A man prays on Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

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nightbus woman calcutta india
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Nightbus, Calcutta

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Nightbus, Calcutta

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bus car window portrait udaipur india
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A boy sits inside his family car in Udaipur, Rajasthan

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A boy sits inside his family car in Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Wedding party, Udaipur

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Wedding party, Udaipur

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burning cremation ganges varanasi india
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I lived in Varanasi for a couple of months and spent much of my time on the Burning Ghats where Indian families take their dead relatives to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges. This is the grandfather of an Indian family I met. They specifically asked for photographs of them with their relative before and during the cremation. I also took this photo.

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I lived in Varanasi for a couple of months and spent much of my time on the Burning Ghats where Indian families take their dead relatives to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges. This is the grandfather of an Indian family I met. They specifically asked for photographs of them with their relative before and during the cremation. I also took this photo.

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Early morning at Malik Ghat flower market, Calcutta

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Early morning at Malik Ghat flower market, Calcutta

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A mahout’s daughter with vitiligo stands beside her family's elephant in Jaipur, India

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A mahout’s daughter with vitiligo stands beside her family's elephant in Jaipur, India

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reflection woman hindu headscarf pushkar india
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A young mother poses in a local restaurant on the outskirts of Pushkar, Rajasthan

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A young mother poses in a local restaurant on the outskirts of Pushkar, Rajasthan

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recycling woman portrait calcutta india
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A woman working at a paper recycling plant in Kolkata, a city recently celebrated for its waste management schemes which deserve to be implemented around the rest of India

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A woman working at a paper recycling plant in Kolkata, a city recently celebrated for its waste management schemes which deserve to be implemented around the rest of India

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Rush hour, Mumbai

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Rush hour, Mumbai

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Street life in Calcutta

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Street life in Calcutta

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Mirror shop, Udaipur

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Mirror shop, Udaipur

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sleeping man black and white calcutta india
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A sweeper sleeps beside a waste compacting machine in Kalighat, Calcutta.

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A sweeper sleeps beside a waste compacting machine in Kalighat, Calcutta.

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Three sisters feed the seagulls in Mumbai

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Three sisters feed the seagulls in Mumbai

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