Saturday, December 12, 2015

Woman in her Kitchen, Refugee Camp, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2013

Before we began with the portraits we walked around the camp and talked with the residents. My friend Asrar guided the way, and did his best to translate their stories for me. He told me about their plight, how they had moved to this part of Uttar Pradesh in order to escape the violence back home. 

The families were doing their best to cope with the circumstances, and were granted considerable land by the surrounding villages. Most had fabric structures but many were beginning to construct more permanent housing. As in many villages, the women cooked over an open fire from an incredibly beautiful, earthen structure.

All welcomed us without hesitation and allowed us to document their stories photographically. Although they had experienced the worst of humanity, they showed to us the best.

I look forward to next weekend's benefit at the Cleveland Print Room, and to sharing these stories!
Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M2.

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