30th April

Fiona Harvey 11 years ago

Looking forward to more printing this week.  The set of workprints is beginning to take shape, and I'm starting to think about what I want to say with the final edit.

The project was a British Council funded exchange with the National Institute for Design in Ahmedabad for photographers.  In my proposal, I talked about wanting to make a connection between the India of the 1930s and 1940s, when my parents lived there, and the India of today.

My plan had been to use photography to connect what I saw when working there with what Indian photographers were seeing at the time my family was there.  I started to research photography by Indian photographers in the 1930s and 1940s.  Most of the work I found was photojournalism, of the great and the good (or sometimes bad) and of special events such as the Delhi Durbar, also portraiture, landscape and architecture.  

There was little on the everyday lives of ordinary people, so I decided to make some work about that.  I shot mostly in the street, taking pictures of people at work or going to work.