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Betsy Karel: Bombay Jadoo [Hardcover]

By Betsy Karel (Photographer), Ardashir Vakil & Suketu Mehta
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Inspired by contemporary Indian authors, Betsy Karel went to Bombay seeking visual equivalents for the humanity, humor, mystery and psychological energy of their stories. Unlike many photographers drawn to the cacophony of urban India, she focuses, often in an intensely personal way, on individuals going about their everyday street lives. She waits patiently in the bustle of Bombay, then as individuals transform public spaces into private places, forging islands of intimacy, she captures a poignant lyricism in the familiar, and the true jadoo (magic) of the city. Karel, born in New York City in 1946, was an award-winning photojournalist in the 1970s and early 80s, then returned to photography in the late 1990s. Here she collaborates with acclaimed writer Suketu Mehta, who has written a companion piece about his boyhood in Bombay.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3865213766  
ISBN13  9783865213761  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Betsy Karel, born in New York City in 1946, now lives in Washington, DC. She worked as an award-winning photojournalist in the 1970's and early 80's. In 1998, after an absence of 15 years, she returned to photography to participate in The Way Home, a book and national exhibition on homelessness in America. During the past nine years, Karel has made numerous trips to Mumbai, creating the images in Bombay Jadoo. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Library.

Betsy Karel was born in 1946.

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A flat-out masterpiece  Dec 12, 2007
Betsy Karel's stunning photographic portrait of modern-day Bombay is a revelation. Teeming with life, her pictures have an evocative, almost spiritual power on a par with Atget's classic pictures of old Paris. A flat-out masterpiece!
An experience that should not be missed  Oct 20, 2007
Through her lens, Karel captures the stories, the mystery, the magic of Bombay -- a complex and alluring environment. She draws us in through the richness of her photographs and we become more than spectators. To experience this collection is to spend time with each photograph and to sense, feel, touch and even taste the scenes she slices from the landscape. For travelers who haunt the corners and recesses of a city looking for surprise and revelation, Karel's photographs are a gift.
Bombay in black and white  Oct 4, 2007
The cover of this book is saturated with vivid color - then you open it to find a collection of stunning black and white photographs. One is so used to the idea of India in glorious technicolor that it comes as a bit of shock at first, but the reader can't fail to be engaged and drawn into these images of Bombay/Mumbai and its inhabitants. The text by Ardashir Vakil and Suketu Mehta provides the perfect backdrop to the images. Karel has demonstrated that it is possible to find the essence of urban India in black and white.

When Mumbai was Bombay  Oct 2, 2007
Betsy Karel's photographs of Bombay should dispel all arguments about the place of photography in the art world. This book achieves what few mediums can; it captures the spirit of a people in a place and in a time. That time is the India of the 1970's, when Mumbai was Bombay.

The memory palimpsests evoke those Indian writers who have captivated the world with their colorful descriptions of street scenes, foods, smells, and the colorful portrayal of the Indian people who convey humanity with hope. Bombay Jadoo is an art book of black and white photographs which captures history and, like Proust's Madeleine, the photo's linger and evoke the memory not just of India past but of nostalgia present.

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