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Portraits Of India’s Vanishing Jobs

Posted by rod - 24.09.2013

New York based Indian photographer Supranav Dash has an ongoing photographic project called Margianl Trades that features portraits of India’s vanishing jobs. As modern technology and other means crepes into India’s wider population many of the jobs that have been around for hundreds of years will be disappearing. Since 2011 Supranav has photographed various professions from around the India.

” Trades and professional practices have always been intertwined with the Caste System in India. Each caste and its sub-sets would stereotype an individual and dictate their occupational practice. Since the early 1800’s, people were not allowed to deviate from their fixed professions or they would be outlawed by society, with at the time, social morals reflected ignorance and strong attachment to orthodox beliefs. The tradition of professions and trades being passed down the line from father to son, continued for generations until recently when globalisation and rapid socio-economic change resulted in the problem of enculturation and automation. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction. The modern Indian generation refuses to stick to their ancestral professions and trades; they have become more daring and switch to the more lucrative business possibilities. the abandonment of the traditional practices also result from insufficient incomes, a desire to escape the caste stereotypes, the constant neglect of the privileged classes of the society these people serve, and a government that is not open to social reforms.

Global trends are constantly changing, therefore, in these increasingly frantic times: it’s very easy to gorget our past, culture and traditions. I am not opposed to modernisation, but at the same time, I want to slow things down and force one’s self to recognise and remember the beauty of these analog practices. As a photographer, I want to use my craft to pay respect to these tradesmen and bring them to light.”

via fastcodesign

Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


Portraits Of India's Vanishing Jobs


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