India is literally a place unlike any other – the sense of inequity is ever present, huge grandiose and opulent structures peer down on many of the countries slumps and impoverish areas. But the rich tapestry of India culture, created and curated by 1,200,000,000 of its citizens is constantly shifting, morphing and evolving.
World class travel photographer Steve McCurry, noted for his magnificent imagery (he’s won more photographic awards than we can count) & handling his subjects with finesse (remember this Afghan Girl photo? Yep that was him.) traveled to India in the 80′s to capture the daily routine of the average everyday commuter.
A journey & unique experience far beyond the realities of train stations in the developed world.
He simply titled the series ‘Trains’ but as you’re about to see, his images are anything but simple. In fact, they’re quite the opposite, a startling look at life beyond the sanitized Western world and into one of the earth’s most complex & fascinating cultures.
“As I tried to tell the story of the community that inhabits the depots, I would go to the train station every day and wander around the platform. Each time a train would roll in, while carefully stepping over bodies and around huge mountains of luggage, I would start to photograph the swirl of life that assaults and saturates the senses.”
Prepare to see India as you’ve never witnessed it before….