Set over a space of three rooms, two being print displays and a third being a digital slideshow, the deep, rich black & white images take us into the world of Indian Inland Revenue archives and bring us face to face with the archives and their keepers who see these files as “monuments of knowledge”
Shot on medium format, the images are unusual, in that they have a feeling of being discovered and not shot through a process of over planning or over composition.
For me, the images that are of stand out quality are the more abstract in nature, where the files form a world of their own, some piled so high that they touch the ceiling and form walls around the clerks and officers who have their desks and chairs in the same room.
The portraits are too composed, too clean and cleaver, and hence they loose their magic. There are however couple of exceptions to this, and once again they work because the human form is intertwined with the structures of the document towers and it is only through hard stare that you see a forehead and eyes peering though the files.
The exhibition is housed in the new Inigo Rooms at the Kings College London and supported by the India Institute.