About the Book
'Mazdoor' is the Urdu word for worker.
India is busy. With 1.2 billion people living here and a rising working age population, this is
a country born to work.
These photographs capture some of India's daily working life: a dedicated temple water cleaner; a silent, poised museum attendant; the careful chandalas at the burning ghats; no-nonsense cleaners in Delhi street drains; sweet makers and tandoori chefs on the street; workers in clattering kitchens; tailors stitching and weavers at their looms; ayurvedic doctors working for free; band leaders at Indian weddings.
Indian ordinary working life seems anything but ordinary in this collection - inspiring and fascinating in its variation.
Darragh Mason Field was born in Dublin into a family of photographers (his grandfather, Barry Mason, was the Irish State photographer during WW2 and his great grandfather, Thomas H Mason, was a photographer and naturalist who recorded Irish life in his books including The Islands of Ireland, 1936). Having studied photography at Dublin City University he has travelled in Asia, Europe and America, writing articles and publishing photography. He is drawn to India in particular, recording its people and writing on the reality of life and death on the subcontinent.