Edge of Faith
Essay by William Dalrymple
Located on the west coast of India along the Arabian Sea, Goa was liberated in 1961, after 450 years of Portuguese rule. The ambivalence created by this transition of culture and political loyalty provides the backdrop for the work of Indian Photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta in Edge of Faith. The 79 black-and-white photographs create an intimate and deeply personal portrait of the Catholic community in Goa rarely seen before-a portrait of a gentle and generous people, torn between their fidelity to a history of Portuguese faith and culture and their post Independence Indian identity.
Edge of Faith captures Catholic Goa in a haunting, but beautiful impasse-caught in a time wrap between comforting nostalgia and a doubt-ridden, insecure future.