The Banaras Back Book lines up many torsos – 1,008, an auspicious number for Hindus – along the ghats of the Ganges at Varanasi (Banaras), city of Shiva, one of India’s most revered sites of Hindu ritual. This parade of backs, mostly male and strangely impersonal, conveys much of the cultural wealth and contradiction that is contemporary India. It’s a wryly odd subject choice, and the styling itself is unusual in that, while obliquely containing elements of both, this is not portrait-photography, nor is it photography of place. – exert from Anne Finegan.
FEB 2 – FEB 12