Born in 1960 in Haryana state, in Northern India, Mohan Verma lives and works in New Delhi. He took up photography when he was twelve and had made it his profession by the time he was twenty. After beginnings in advertising he turned towards the portrait, working in a glamorous style that the neighbourhood studios used as blow-ups to pull in customers. He soon realised, however, that the studios were cropping his pictures and putting his models’ faces on ‘off the peg’ bodies: no need any longer for customers to slip into the jackets and ties hanging on the studio wall – now they could have their portraits taken wearing a t-shirt, then be provided with a perfect body clad in an impeccable suit or a sumptuous sari. This led Mohan to start producing photomontages based on faceless bodies – hence the title of the series – and virtual sets. He then sold these to the studios as thematic CDs: Western-style suits, traditional Indian dress, saris for the ladies, wedding gowns, etc.
This article is reserved for subscribed members only. If you are already a member, you can log in here below.
Subscribe for full access to The Eye of Photography archives!
That’s thousands of images and articles, documenting the history of the medium of photography and its evolution during the last decade, through a unique daily journal. Explore how photography, as an art and as a social phenomenon, continue to define our experience of the world. Two offers are available.
Subscribe either monthly for $5 or annually for $50 (2 months offered).