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Photo Essay: Mumbai Sleeps Covered In Old Posters

Photographer Ritesh Uttamchandani knows his Mumbai; he watched its continuous premiumisation, its transformation, the language of the posters, changes they predict, and the journeys they undertake

Multipurpose: Ritesh Uttamchandani’s Afterlife series on the integration of political posters into everyday life, serving different functions Photo: Ritesh Uttamchandani

A homeless person curls inside his half stupor, half hunger; he clenches the cap of the lionised leader—one corner of an old political poster—and covers his body of sleep. The posters live their deaths well; they wrap fish, patch the gaping voids on a slum wall, and protect a shipment from rain.

Photographer Ritesh Uttamchandani knows his Mumbai. He watched its continuous premiumisation, its transformation, the language of the posters, changes they predict, and the strange journey they traverse. His world is full of real colours. His lens shakes off pretensions and the photographs record tiny details. How will our progeny relive our lives? Uttamchandani tells me that obviously, we witness our share of transformations.

Mumbai Sleeps Covered In Old Posters
 
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