Photo above: Rickshaw riders gather around a fire beneath street-lighting in the dawn chill of Moradabad railway station. Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. India ©Tom Pietrasik 2006
These photographs will be displayed at Brighton’s AM Gallery from tomorrow as part of an exhibition called Indian Photography Today. The show will feature a diverse range of work from several photographers under the broad banner of contemporary Indian photography.
This is the first time that my work has been displayed in the UK since the National Portrait Gallery hosted the Taylor Wessing Award two years ago. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the opening of that particular exhibition so I’ve made sure I won’t be missing out this time around.
I’ll be at the gallery from 7pm on Tuesday April 12th so, if you’re in the Brighton area, please do drop in and say hello.
The exhibition runs until April 24th. A map with directions of how to get to the AM Gallery is here.
Workers from the fishing village of Randhbhandar in the isolated district of Kutch in Gujarat state sort their nets on the beach. Though Gujarat is one of India’s wealthiest states, Randhbhandar does not receive any Government services. Women must walk 5km for water and their is no local authority school. Loans provided with the assistance of Mahiti-Mitra (a Non Government Organisation) have established a fish-production company which allows families to pool their resources, bypass middle-men and sell fish directly to the market. The formation of this fish production company has resulted in a two to three-fold increase in household incomes. Kutch District, Gujarat. India ©Tom Pietrasik 2008
A construction worker passes the main monument in Lucknow’s Ambedkar park. Kumari Mayawati, the Dalit (or Untouchable) Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state, has undertaken two ambitious architectural projects in state-capital Lucknow. She has commissioned hundreds of stonemasons to build two paved parks in honor of Dalit author of the Indian constitution B.R. Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram, Mayawati’s political mentor. The project employs 20-25,000 workers but has been criticised as a misallocation of public funds in one of India’s poorest states where there is a desperate need for greater investment in health and education services. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. India ©Tom Pietrasik 2009
A young resident of Simra village. At the beginning of August 2007, Simra village in Gorakhpur disitrict, Uttar Pradesh, became marooned by flooding along the Rapti river as a result of heavy monsoon rainfall. A government boat provided the community access to areas beyond the village. Gorakhpur disitrict, Uttar Pradesh. India ©Tom Pietrasik 2007