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If you are a voracious newspaper and magazine reader, as I am, then one of the things you would notice is that the only kind of women who seem to populate this space are the ones at the extreme ends of the Indian socio-economic spectrum. Either they are from the sparsely populated world of Page 3 celebs, of variable distinction, and film stars. Or from the over-populated universe of the downtrodden and impoverished from the other, rather distant, end.
The normal, everyday woman from the fast growing middle class is under-represented, if not invisible. Fortunately for me, my life is full of them. Women who quietly and without much fuss run homes, bring up kids, have careers, pursue artistic passions, grow businesses and generally multi-task their way through life seemingly without too much effort and certainly without enough recognition. Its these women who I want to chronicle through this photographic project - Mothers and Daughters.
We live in times where people are photographing each other all the time. This, somehow, has taken the ceremony and the seriousness out of the Portrait. Which is why I decided to shoot these photographs in a classical studio setting with controlled lighting and against a painted background so that the women I photograph feel this is special.
And that they are special.
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Copyright: Dinesh Khanna