With some 20 million inhabitants Mumbai is one of the largest cities in the world. It’s a city of dreams, a city of hardship, a city of the rich and a city of the poor. But first and foremost it’s a city of people.
Anja Schweitzer was captivated by Mumbai’s unique blend of exoticism, the vibrant bustling streets and her encounters with people of different ages, backgrounds and religions.
Immersing herself in the city, Anja Schweitzer touched upon the lives of people well versed in coping with the daily challenges set by this growing metropolis.
The people she encountered granted her a brief but intense insight into their lives sometimes for a few brief minutes or very often just moments. Captured on camera their faces reveal moments of pride, joy and self regard, revealing the uniqueness in all of them.
Born in 1968 Anja Schweitzer grew up in Cologne, Germany. As a child she was passionate about taking photos and remains driven by a desire to encapsulate the unique atmosphere and indescribable energy of the moment. She has always had a particular liking for travel photography. Travelling through exotic far-flung lands, photographing breathtaking land and cityscapes along with their fascinating inhabitants — people she is only too happy to get close to while also maintaining a respectful distance. For Anja people are and remain much more than mere motives. Like a key, a camera opens the door to their worlds, initiating stimulating dialogues that provide deeper insights into other cultures ... The resulting images invite the viewer to look carefully, to sense, to experience and become absorbed by the radiance of each photo. Anja Schweitzer lives and works in Berlin.