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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Bharat Sikka

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Most of us have an image of a Goa Island as a tourist destination only, associated with the hippies of the 1960’s. This cliché has been long-lasting. Since he decided to settle there, and to live far from the large cities whose portraits he drew in large-format images and with an intelligent use of color, one of the most important Indian photographers offers us here another point of view. A world in green shades, almost like a tale, between happiness and poetry, where we cross paths with a little girl who has become a fairy, a handsome young man with a falcon on his shoulder, an old man pushing his bicycle along a road: these personages seem to have come out of nowhere and might haunt the pages of a book. Here, the image becomes magic—a thousand leagues from exoticism, with a happiness as obvious as it is peaceful.

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