Born into Brothels: Photographs by the Children of Calcutta
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Born into Brothels: Photographs by the Children of Calcutta

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by Zana Briski, The Children of Calcutta
     
 

A powerful story that unfolds in the red-light district of Calcutta: a photographer that becomes a teacher and the extraordinary children she meets who learn to dream with cameras in their hands. Accompanies an Academy Award-winning documentary.

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A powerful story that unfolds in the red-light district of Calcutta: a photographer that becomes a teacher and the extraordinary children she meets who learn to dream with cameras in their hands. Accompanies an Academy Award-winning documentary.

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ISBN-13:
9781884167454
Publisher:
Umbrage Editions
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Born into Brothels: Photographs by the Children of Calcutta 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zana Briski didn't take the photos that the book revolves around - the children did. The dazzling photos are by the children - that's what makes the book so remarkable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BORN INTO BROTHELS is a welcome addition to the books on color photography. Granted these shots are extracted from the award winning film, a feature documentary exploring the sad and at times sordid lives of these eight children born to prostitutes in the red light district of Calcutta, India. But what photographer Zana Briski has captured in richly brilliant colors is not focused on tragedy or the smarmy aspect of the places in which these children live. Instead she has found the beauty in the innocence of these children, living in a closed world without much hope of escape - except through the gracious ingenuity of Briski who held classes, teaching these children how to use the camera, offering a transient glimpse of a world they might never know.The children are extraordinarily photogenic, but the dazzling colors of the cloths, jewels, streets, glitter and scents from the spices are palpable. This book stands alone on its merits of color photography: the fact that it holds the message it does makes it incredibly touching and unique. Highly recommended. Grady Harp