2014 NEEL DONGRE GRANTS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Millennium Dreams as a concept, it is irresistible and when laid within the framework of a city, it simply begs to be translated into images. Think of the rich possibilities in the very word 'millennium': there is an overwhelming sense of riding on a cusp, of surfing towards change on the wave of a new moment in time, of hope (perhaps), and certainly of a ruthless forward thrust.
In a word: Gurgaon, the Millennium City. A showpiece of modern India in its latest, most glittering, urban construct. A city which exploded into being, accelerating from a small-scale agricultural area into a mega-urban sprawl under the astonished gaze of its staunchest supporters and its harshest critics. The naysayers will point to its uncontrolled mushrooming, its lack of infrastructure, its woes of water and electricity, its dangerous social inequities and shameful contrasts between expensive condominiums and abysmal hutments. Optimists will dwell on its buoyant commercial enterprises, many of them top multi-national companies operating from shimmering glass-fronted high-rises, its five-star hospitals and malls, its world-class golf course.
A collaborative photographic project by photographers presenting different interpretations of Gurugram through distinctive artistic, documentary styles.
Manoj Bharti Gupta