by Valerio Berdini
About the Book
April 2010. Haridwar, India. The Kumbh Mela draws to a close.
For hundred days, from dawn to dusk, tens of millions of pilgrims arrived to free their sins bathing in the holy waters of river Ganges.
They gathered from all over the country to attend this eternal ritual that cancels time and space, equalizes ethnicity and castes.
A slow, incessant, growing procession of ordinary people has transformed the Kumbh Mela in the largest human gathering the world ever recorded.
Tha aim of this book is to challenge the archetypical depiction of the festival showing the Sadhus, the holy men and point the lenses to the vastness of Kumbh Mela from the perspective of the silent multitude of Indian people with no holy credentials, that make it.
This book is dedicated to the people of India, the silent majority that attends the Kumbh Mela.
Features & Details
- Category Fine Art Photography
Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781320299558
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320299633
- Publish Date Jul 23, 2010
- Tags Valerio Berdini, Kumbh Mela, 2010, Haridwar, ganges, people, sadhus, spirituality, religion, india, festival, hindu, Hinduism
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1970, Valerio Berdini has been living in the UK since 2001. Over the years his documentary work developed into a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of the contemporary society. He has travelled since very young and the desire to meet new people, in their own culture, never stopped. Music fan and avid concert photographer, he has also built an extensive archive of several hundreds live rock bands. Valerio Berdini photographs have been exhibited, awarded and published internationally, including The Guardian, La Repubblica, Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, L'Espresso, The Times and many more. He is a freelance photographer represented by REX Features.