Meri Rail: Portraits of the Indian Railways10. Apr - 15. Aug 10 / ended New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
A unique exhibition of photographic portraits by award winning filmmaker Gerry Troyna. From the humblest station orphan to a coolie, a high-level bureaucrat to a loco driver, Meri Rail is a snapshot in time of the people who work for and depend on the Indian railways.
A new dimension of India, Meri Rail provides an insight to a real, everyday and fascinating society rarely seen. Using a portable studio with a single canvas backdrop, Gerry directed his photographer, Achinto Bhadra, to shoot the large format portraits of the people he encountered along the line.
Looking more like paintings than photographs, the exhibition is a window onto the great and colourful panorama of India. Freed from the context in which they are usually seen, these people are not merely being looked at by the camera. In fact, they are looking at us.
The Meri Rail project began in 2004 during the production of the documentary series “Monsoon Railway” and “Bombay Railway” for the BBC.
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