This is a photo book on brick workers of India. Over the past two decades India has seen a real economic boom. As a result, the brick making industry has grown rapidly. India is now the second largest producer of bricks in the world. But the industry is largely unregulated making it a hot bed for exploitation of labour. This book exposes the working conditions of the workers where child labour is used and many end up as bonded labour.
This collection of photographs in the book show the men, women and children living and working in harsh conditions to eke out an existence.
Cinque Terre is a stretch of Italian coastline made of 5 villages (Five Lands) consisting of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Perched high on sloping terrain with rocky coastlines and a backdrop of lush hills makes for a picture postcard setting. Ancient footpaths through vineyards along the slopes of the hills and a railway line along the coast join all the villages.
All images in this book were taken candidly in Cinque Terre over several days in August 2019. My intention was to capture the essence of Cinque Terre as a place where people come to take time out from their daily life.
In 2012 Bharat Patel began what would be several years’ project of photographing the most marginalised group of people in India. These are the Nomadic Tribes and the De-notified Nomadic Tribes of India. Abbreviated as NT-DNT these tribes are probably India’s most pressing issue. Their numbers are estimated to run into tens of millions. Their marginality and subsequent depravity are caused, among other things, by racial differences, historical prejudices, religious discriminations or simply because their lifestyle is inconsistent with the requirements of modern day living.
Bharat has sought to give visual voice to the millions of people who are barely surviving at the margins of society. Working with charities in India, He has documented the enormous suffering and captured the traditional way of nomadic life that had served generations but has now left them unable to cope with a fast changing and competitive world around them.
Amongst all types of different dreams it is common for people to have what is known as recurring dreams. These could be about a thing, an experience or about a place.
More than 45 digitally blended images in this book paint condensed stories of a young individual’s recurring dreams of Oxford.