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In the Shadows of Kolkata | Photographer: Souvid Datta

In the Shadows of Kolkata | Photographer: Souvid Datta | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

“My first inspirations were world-changers like James Nachtwey, Don McCullin, and Steve McCurry. I firmly believe that photography has a role to play in provoking thought, spurring dialogue, and prompting action—therein being a potentially potent ingredient in an antidote to social evils.

“Photographs are informative, a record of what we do and value, and contribute important subjective testimonies for history.

 

That said, worldwide trafficking is a $32 billion industry, with over 700,000 women moved across international borders annually. It is not at all realistic to imagine photos making any substantial dent to improve this situation. The photos I take will do little to directly improve the lives of women and children in Sonagachi.

 

“To do this would take massive political, economic and legal overhauls, not to mention years of reshaping social values. This was one of my hardest realizations when following apparently humanistic callings. That images can, however, give people a voice and better inform a public debate, is some journalistic consolation. What makes it immediately worthwhile for me is the experience of earning an individual’s trust, and for a while, touching lives, sharing stories and learning from each other in a dignified, respectful, curious manner. This is the only honest thing I can convince people of offering them, and surprisingly it is also what seems to open the most doors for me.” - Souvid Datta

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Mumbai-born photographer Souvid Datta is a young man of 21 whose age puts him somewhere in between the subjects he’s been documenting in the infamous red-light district of Kolkata, India and the subjects’ children. His series, In the Shadows of Kolkata, portrays a close-knit group of female sex workers, a few of their clients, and their children. Exploring the lives of sex workers as a photographic “theme” never fails to affect, and seeing children interspersed into this work adds another layer of difficult material to digest, question, process

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Tiled Gods Appear on Mumbai Streets | Photographer Amit Madheshiya

Tiled Gods Appear on Mumbai Streets | Photographer Amit Madheshiya | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
It's religion at its most practical. Ceramic tiles painted with images of Krishna, Jesus and Buddha have over the years been employed to dissuade people from urinating in public places.
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Getting Ahead in Dharavi | Photographer : Adam Ferguson for NYTimes.com

Getting Ahead in Dharavi  | Photographer : Adam Ferguson for NYTimes.com | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
As many as a million people live and work in Dharavi, a sprawling slum in Mumbai, India.

 

MUMBAI, India — At the edge of India’s greatest slum, Shaikh Mobin’s decrepit shanty is cleaved like a wedding cake, four layers high and sliced down the middle. The missing half has been demolished. What remains appears ready for demolition, too, with temporary walls and a rickety corrugated roof.

 

Based in New Delhi from 2007 to 2011,  Adam Ferguson documented social tensions within the world's largest democracy and Pakistan as it grappled with poverty and political insecurity. During his time based in South Asia he embarked on his most in-depth photographic project; an exploration into the corners of the US led military occupation of Afghanistan. 

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