World Photography Day: Iconic Images Of India In Black & White

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you capture their souls.” - Ted Grant. 

Superficially, India may be layered and folded deep into some sort of polychromatic chaos but it’s nothing if not a distraction. Under all the vibrancy, we’re still a country that thrives in shades of grey; rarely allowing a black and white rhetoric to dictate our realities. Perhaps this is why the poignancy, the real depth of the country, can only rarely be felt by the hundreds of ‘colourful India’ cliches that make it into photographic halls of fame. Sometimes, the only way to capture the soul of a place, a person, a thing even, is to allow the monochrome to wash over it and let the diversions melt away.

PHOTODIVISION.GOV.IN

Image Courtesy : www.photodivision.gov.in

UDAY-SHANKATR

Photographed By : Uday Shankar

PETER-KNIGHT

Photographed By : Peter Knight

PETER-DELANY

Photographed By : Peter Delany

MARTIN-FDC

Photographed By : Martin FDC

MARY-ELLEN-MARK

Photographed By : Mary Ellen Mark

SHIP-BUILDERS-MANDVI

Photographed By : Bosco Ceaser

Joshi-daniel--dharamsala

Photographed By : Joshi Daniel

Nilesh-bhange

Photographed By : Nilesh Bhange

Nirvair-Singh---damdamasahib,-punjab

Photographed By : Nirvair Singh

PabloB-bombay

Photographed By : Pablo Bartholomew

Paul-ladwig

Photographed By : Paul Ladwig

Prashant-godbole

Photographed By : Prashant Godbole

Raghu-Rai---BalT

Photographed By : Raghu Rai

RaghuRai1

Photographed By : Raghu Rai

Ronny-Sen---dont-breathe

Photographed By : Ronny Sen

sebastiao-salgado---churchgate

Photographed By : Sebastiao Salgado

sohrabhura---pati

Photographed By : Sohrab Hura, Pati series

Steve-M-1--LIBW

Photographed By : Steve McCurry

Steve-Macaulay---dal-lake

Photographed By : Steve Macaulay

swapan-parekh1

Photographed By : Swapan Parekh

Swaratghosh--ghatsofganges

Photographed By : Swarat Ghosh

 Words: Mandovi Menon

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