Presenting our chief guest –
A photographer of Indian origin, Mr. Srinivas Kuruganti, was born in Washington D.C.and spent his formative years in Delhi. He began his photography career in 1999 after moving to New York . He is now back in Delhi where he works as the photo editor of The Caravan magazine.
Mr. Kuruganti’s work has focused on the lives and relationships of people in communities that face both economic and social hardships in India. His photography documents the daily lives of manual laborers, from the ship-breaking yards of Bombay to the coal mining villages of Dhanbad. The Dhanbad series in particular highlights labor and living conditions when extreme industrial pollution from mining transforms the workers’ ancestral lands from fertile fields to a barren landscape. Since 2001, his work has expanded upon this theme by exploring the impact of disease- in this case the AIDS epidemic-on the living and working conditions of people in India. He began photographing patients and staff at Freedom Foundation HIV/AIDS clinics in Bangalore and Hyderabad, one of the few free private run facilities where HIV+ people can seek treatment. He has documented through photographs how the virus spreads through the inter-connected communities, including a series on high risk groups such as truck drivers, eunuchs and male sex workers.
This effort evolved into a collaboration- the Lives in Focus Project which documents through interviews, photographs and video the impact of India’s new patent law on the country’s HIV+ population.
-Team DU Times