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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Bharat Sikka


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.

Born in 1973 in India. Lives and works in Europe and in India. He studied at Parson’s School of Design in the U.S.A., where he earned a diploma in photography. Since his first exhibition, “Indian Men,” in New York, Bharat has shown his work in numerous places in India, including the National Museum of India (2008), as well as internationally. He has contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, I.D., Vogue, Vogue Homme International, Details, and Time Magazine.

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