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.
“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.
Every city has a charm of its own. It has its own history, glory and uniqueness. In my childhood, it seemed impossible to resist developing a fascination for Calcutta, especially after I had read Calcutta Kikore Holo by Purnendu Patri, coupled with my father’s enthralling anecdotes about this city.
Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi are set to become among the largest megalopolis in the world. Buildings are rising, lights are breaking the darkness of the periphery and the shape of the horizon changes every day. Italian photographer Rocco Rorandelli captures buildings and construction sites as they loom above the city.
The collages presented below are from a larger body of work by Ichha Bhojani called ‘Ever After’. Bhojani is deeply influenced by her personal, social and spiritual beliefs as a member of the Baha’i Faith. According to the Faith, the body is believed to be a transient vehicle for the eternal soul.