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Rosalyn D’Mello

Eat Stay Love, Sebastian Cortes, May 2015
Sebastian Cortes - Sidhpur, Redux | Poetry in Spaces

by Rosalyn D’Mello

Photographer and writer Sebastian Cortés documents yet-existing ancient communities, which are under threat from modern influences, with some sort of religious zeal. His new work, the evocative and beautiful Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past takes us to a remote part of Gujarat, which is home to the prosperous Bohra Muslim community. Through a series of stunning photographs he captures the life and times of this elusive trading community. The carved and painted facades and the delightfully atmospheric interiors of their habitats; the way the past segues into the present through the shared narrative and histories of the inhabitants — it all comes alive in these photographic studies. Cortés, who is Italian by ancestry, was brought up in New York, moved to Milan for a few years, before finding home in the coastal town of Pondicherry on the east coast of India. In conversation with Rosalyn D’Mello.