Mumbai : Commuters
Chirodeep Chaudhuri presents The Commuters, a series of portraits taken in the trains of suburban Mumbai and exhibited at the former Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai. Working in the tradition of Walker Evans and Luc Delahaye, Chirodeep Chaudhuri spent nearly two years photographing the dozens of men who daily take the 10:03 train from Thane, north of Mumbai, to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), better known as Victoria Station. The photographer travelling in the train’s first-class compartment captured the activities of its passengers: people reading, people surfing their smartphones, but also the idle moments and daydreaming in which commuters occasionally lose themselves. The large-format pictures are striking in their intensity and presence. A singularity made of hope and ambition, of weariness and resignation for those swept up in a metropolis that can make dreams come true or shatter them. Chirodeep Chaudhuri was born in 1972 in Bombay. He is the director of photography at Time Out Mumbai.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Exhibition until May 31st, 2012
Anciennement Prince of Wales Museum
159/61 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 023