The book is a collection of photographs by Debra Schoenberger taken in various places across India in various states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. Most of the photographs are in color while a few of them are in black and white.
The subject includes both humans and things. The introduction to the book is short and crisp, almost poetic in a way, but that's all it is. The photographer has let her pictures do the talking rather than giving an introduction to each picture. The pictures are predominantly candid, while there are some photographs where the subject pose beautifully. The photographer has managed to capture the diverse culture of northern part of India. The color, the vividness and the clarity is remarkable. A picture speaks a thousand words, but there are times when a word amplifies the context. That lack of context made a vast difference with this book. Had there been a couple of lines about the picture in terms of where it was taken etc, it would made a lot of difference.
Commenting on the technical aspect of the photos does not really make sense. All that matters is that if the photos actually bring out the emotion or the reality of the subject in question. There were few photographs which hit home, while some failed to make an impact. For example, the photograph with a man dying colors on a thread hit home in terms of the richness and depth, while there are silhouette pictures which were a tad too dark to be appreciated fully.
India is a land of colours and diversity. The photographer has made a rather conscious attempt to capture the richness of the colors and culture. However, given that she traveled only the northern part of the country, the diversity part of the culture isn't reflected in the photographs. Moreover, to the west, the very word "India" conjures up and abstract image of snake charmers and crowded streets, which also seems to be a theme of sorts of this book. There are places in the country where modernization and "Westernization" has dug its claws into. This book fails to capture that part of the country which has now become an integral part of the country. Not all roads are crowded and dingy. Not all buildings are old and dilapidated!
Rating : 3/5
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