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THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, WITH IT’S 1.2 BILLION INHABITANTS THE WORLDS GREATEST DEMOCRACY, IS A GIANT LABORATORY OF THE HUMAN KIND. SET AGAINST A BACKDROP OF EPIC SCOPE AND VISUAL APPEAL, SHE IS SIMPLY TO VAST IN EXTENT AND VARIETY FOR BEING SUBDUED UNDER TERMS FOUND EASILY. THIS BOOK CONTAINS 354 PHOTOGRAPHIC NOTES ON THAT LABORATORY, ATTEMPTING TO ILLUMINATE ASPECTS OF THE STATE OF THE HUMAN CONDITION IN THIS GREAT AND GRUELING LANDS. ///// THE PHOTOGRAPHS were taken with a digital SLR camera. Primarily a 42mm (eq. 35mm) unifocal lens was employed, for wide angle shots an 18-36mm (eq. 35mm) lens came into use. All photographs show the full frame of the scene as recorded, with no cropping applied. ///// SAME SAME, BUT DIFFERENT…represents the photographic output of a five month journey of some 13,000 kilometres through fifteen states along the periphery of the Indian subcontinent. It is structured along seven dominant motifs of Indian everyday culture, with 354 b/w photographs on 176 pages.


About the Author

Marco Büchl
marlon020677 Vienna, Austria

Born 1977. Lived a short first life in carpentry before moving from rural Upper Austria to Vienna for studies in modern history and politics. Holds a doctorate in philosophy from Vienna University (cultural studies). Spent nearly two years (as a staff photographer amongst other occupations) in a NATO regional headquarters on the Balkans. Published “Shooting War – Kriegsbilder als Bildquellen” (Tectum Verlag Marburg, ISBN 978-3-8288-2052-4) in 2009. Works in the NGO sector. Prepares publication of "Dogface Soldiers. Die Frontsoldaten der US-Infanterie und der Krieg gegen Hitlers Wehrmacht im Mittelmeerraum und Nordwesteuropa" with Böhlau publishing house, Vienna/Cologne/Weimar. Lives in Vienna with his family.

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