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Indian Night

2003-2008 - India

Night roving in India's cities, villages and countryside. To catch an essence of the country, the one from its street life, where the show is generous. One works, eats, gets washed and does so much outdoors. One sleeps in the street, on the pavement, next to his shut down shop, men and animals under the same rotation of overwhelming heat in the daytime and the nightly mildness. Strolling in this India which loves to be offered to the looks. Here, maybe more than anywhere else, the night is an inexhaustible theatre. And the obscurity offers sort of a summary of a larger text from which scribes would have extracted the essential.
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« I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living* ». Night roving in India's cities, villages and countryside. To catch an essence of the country, the one from its street life » (James Cameron, News Chronicle, 1957).

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Barwani, India, Madhya Pradesh, April 2003.
Sleeping in the street. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Old man sleeping in the street. Bombay, India, April 2003.
A small street in Old Delhi, India, October 2006.
Street sleeper, Bombay. Maharashtra, India, March 2004.
A Barista chain coffee bar in the wealthy neighbourhood of Defence Colony. Coffee is very successfull with the middle class and may soon replace the old Chai (tea with milk and sugar). Delhi, October 2006.
Street sleeper. Bombay, Maharashtra, India, March 2004.
Cycle rickshaw. Bhawanipatna. Orissa, India, March 2004.
Watchman asleep. Bombay, India, April 2003.
On Marine Drive. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Muslim family. Marine Drive. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Taxi driver asleep. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Sleeping in the street. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Couple on a beach. Juhu Beach, Bombay, November 2004.
Dormitory estate in Bombay. Maharashtra, India, March 2004.
Shop closing in Bombay. Maharashtra, India, March 2004.
A balloons and gadgets seller in a street of Ranchi. Jharkhand, India, March 2004.
Horoscope machine. Juhu Beach, Bombay, November 2004.
Amarkantak, a holy small town where the Narmada, a sacred river, has its source. India, Madhya Pradesh, April 2003.
Brass band trumpeter during the Sikh Guru Parab festival. Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, November 2004.
Rally of curious people in front of the tent of an itinerant “Bollywoodian cabaret (young women dancing on pop hits). Fathepur Sikkri, Rajasthan, India, October 2006.
Two dancers in the backstage of an itinerant “Bollywoodian cabaret (young women dancing on pop hits). Fathepur Sikkri, Rajasthan, India, October 2006.
Waiting in Old Delhi, India, October 2006.
Old Delhi’s fun fair. Delhi, India, October 2006.
Photographer’s booth at Old Delhi’s fun fair. Delhi, India, October 2006.
Small itinerant shop in a street of Bangalore, selling Bhel Puri. India, 2007.
A religious festival dedicated to Lord Krishna in the small town of Balisai, West Bengal, India, February 2008.
Young dancers of the Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from Southern India, during a religious festival dedicated to Lord Krishna in the small town of Balisai, West Bengal, India, February 2008.
On a market square. Gujarat, India, February 2004.
In the tiny seaside town of Bakkhani, West Bengal, India, February 2008.
Bhawanipatna. Orissa, India, March 2004.
Bhawanipatna. Orissa, India, March 2004.
Central square in the town of Ranchi. Jharkhand, India, November 2004.
Andhra Pradesh, India, December 2006.
In the tiny seaside town of Bakkhani, West Bengal, India, February 2008.
In the tiny seaside town of Bakkhani, West Bengal, India, February 2008.
Chhattisgarh, India, March 2004.
A taxi driver with air conditioning. Bombay, India, April 2003.
Truck drivers having a rest. India, Gujarat, April 2003.

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