Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is one of India’s most populated and congested cities. Located on the northern side of India’s western coastline, Mumbai has always been the financial nerve of the country’s growing economy. Migrants from all over India have always been the central labour force of the city’s thriving economy and are also constituents of the multi-ethnic cosmopolitan culture.
“The photographer is perhaps the best architectural critic, for by felicitous framing and selection, he can communicate direct and powerful comments both in praise and protest.
After the Partition of India in 1947, Punjab as a highly affected state, had the largest migrant population in the country. Its traditional capital, Lahore, was now a part of the new nation called Pakistan. The Indian side of Punjab required a new capital epitomizing the guiding ideals and progressive futuristic plans of an emerging, Modern India.
The Bengali term for carrier is “bahak”. No load seems too heavy or too large to be manhandled through the narrow, crowded streets of Kolkata. Whether their burdens are carried on their heads, or on a yoke over their shoulders, on two or three wheelers or on a hand-drawn rickshaw, all manner of goods and essentials—furniture, building materials, groceries, books and coal—are all humped, hauled or carted as they are shifted from one place to another.
Supranav Dash’s ongoing photographic series ‘Marginal Trades I’ is a tribute to the lost ancestral occupations and the tradesmen struggling to survive on the fringes of urbanisation within the city, especially Calcutta.
‘Electronics City’ is a project by German photographer Julia Knop, from 1997. Through photographs of the office spaces of one of Bangalore’s earliest IT parks, and those who inhabit it, Knop is presenting both a document of a key moment in India’s IT journey, and, one senses, a subtle critique on the vacuous nature of long hours spent in drab environments between the water cooler and computer.
In his latest blog post, Manou blends photographs of trendsetters shot during the Indian fashion week with those of workers dismantling the very same fashion week. Because of how and what they are wearing, the two extreme ends of the Indian society walk on a common digital ground. They meet more intimately on the internet than they ever could in real life.
“Nowhere else is there such devotion to cinema as in India,” says Belgian photographer Max Pinckers, whose self-published book, explores the extraordinary impact Bollywood has on wider society. “This fictional world seeps into reality and influences everyday life, dictating the perception and imagination of its audience.” [BJP]
Soumita Bhattacharya’s ”Body/CityScape’ series was shortlisted for the 2013 edition of the TFA Photography prize, sponsored by Tasveer. To find out more about the TFA, and the wonderful job they’re doing to recognize and support young creative talent in India
Nikhil Patel’s, series ‘Surface with Memories’ was one of the two winners of the 2013 edition of the TFA Photography prize, sponsored by Tasveer.
In this body of work we wanted to explore the historical patterns of these professions, what was causing them to disappear and how they are trying to adapt to survive. In documenting these professions we researched the trades historically associated with each of the cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Goa, Chennai and Bangalore.
In 2009, Tasveer gave a brief to 10 contemporary photographers (including Saibal Das, as seen here) to document an Indian city between the working hours of 9-5. Over the next few months, Tasveer Online will be re-visiting individual photographers’ work from this exhibition as well as inviting new projects and interpretations on the theme. Previously uploaded work from the show can be seen in the ‘related posts’ section at the bottom of this page.