Inde 2004

“I roamed through India for two months, oblivious of place and circumstances, concentrating on the men, women, and children I came across. I photographed Untouchables, dancing girls, a Maharajah, a few lamas, soldiers, orphans, Muslims, a young prince, and a blind man. I persuaded them to pose for me – veiled women, lepers, men in costume or stark naked, a snake charmer, holy cows, and an elephant god. I exchanged words and glances with monks, actresses, old bonzes, young grooms, Brahmans, prostitutes, street urchins, a man whose face was fading away, true twins, a hundred-year-old woman… For each of them, whether they lived in a monastery or on the street, whether they were born into a high caste or a humble one, I looked at them all in the same way, my idea being to give an image of the person rather than their status. Each portrait tries to bring out the colors and radiance of the person.” – Jean-Baptiste Huynh

India heralded the arrival of color into Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s work.