Mention the country, India, to a dozen people and you’ll get at least a dozen different responses. Words and phrases like – outsourcing, spicy food, tropical weather, poverty, over-population, bright colors – pop up but nothing explains a country better than photos of its people.
Photographer Navid Baraty recently spent 20 days in India shooting photos as a result of a receiving an award at a photography conference. When asked about his trip in an interview witht the Modern Met, New York City based Baraty said, “I just can’t describe the intensity of how it was. The extreme congestion of people, the endless blaring horns, the dirt and filth, the blaring contrast between wealth and the astonishing amount of poverty and misery… India to me was very much about the people. It was about the kindness of the people and their curiosity of the camera, the intense and revealing looks in their eyes in the portraits, the excitement of the masses of children running up to me yelling ‘foto! foto! foto!’ and watching them light up after I showed them the shot.”
Baraty’s work has been published in the National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications and exhibitions. He primarily shoots travel and documentary photography. See more of his work at his website.