Friday, April 28, 2017

Students + Madrasa, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2017

For those of us involved in this new collaboration we present their portrait. These two students attend our host's madrasa in a small village within the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. Both are new to the camera since last year, yet express with such confidence and grace.
This room has become our favorite studio in India, and countless photographs of the madrasa's students have been made here. The children are so beautiful, both in their features and how they present to the lens. We have known this village since 2013, and perhaps this has leant an air of familiarity to our visits. The children respond with a balance of the unknown and known, providing portraits with raw emotion.

They have never been photographed before, and certainly never together with such an informal setting. It is such a rare event in my experience to have such access, and to have such freedom in photographing girls from this community. This fact is not lost on me, as each portrait is made.

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Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.