Monthly Archives: November 2010
I’m the only white monkey in town. A woman stopped me and then she showed me to her daughter, who started to cry, then she went away; I found this incredibly fun. This place is full of fantastic buildings that are falling into pieces, devoured by time, which seems to run too fast here. I ask myself what India looked like in the XVII century, if there were already these masses of poor people around (well, probably in Europe things weren’t better).
The actual title of this collective project is “Anna, Renzo und all die anderen”. It’s done by seven Italian photographers living in Berlin and it documents the life of other Italians living in Germany, trying to avoid the usual cliches and raising questions about identity and integration, seeking how much of the German culture has penetrated their lives and how much of the Italian one is still present. There is also an itinerant exhibition, but in the meanwhile you can have a look at the website.
Teenagers and young people in Ahmedabad dress the same way teenagers in Naples did in the 90s. CG Road is a meeting point for people who, happy to have got out of poverty, are able to spend some money with their friends, drinking chai and having a chow. Some are more careful about the money they spend and bring their water from home, in a flask, instead of buying it on the street. Girls are dressed in different fashions, some with sari, some with jeans, some use a fusion style not distant from the one of tourists.
India is changing, dust is swept away from the streets, the better earning classes are tired of poverty and do anything to avoid it, don’t look at it, hide it… or maybe not, because no one is denying the beggars their right to be where they are, no one removes them from the places where the rich go, as it happens in Europe instead.
From the Ahmedabad Mirror
Matrimonials, Wanted Brides
WELL settled cultured Punjabi Hindu Family seeks fair, beautiful, slim, educated girl for their handsome B.E., MBA 78/5’7″ Son earning in Eight figures presently located in London through Campus interview. Please revert back with photographs & detail resume. Caste no bar.
20 TV Sets explode due to power fluctuations
“A photo is ephemeral, it goes with time, but it always stays as an image in your head.”
I saw a video about JR’s photography already a couple of years ago, then I completely lost track of him. It looks like he’s been up to very interesting things.
You can also see a video, edited by him, on Dailymotion. Finally, this is his website. I really like how he uses the street as a gallery, bringing it back to where it all began. I often ask myself what Street Photography really is, how its boundaries and rules are defined, and why you need a definition, boundary and rules at all.
Oh, mind, talking about breaking rules: this guy is doing everything completely illegally. Now, that’s great!