Photographer's Note

This is a relatively recent photo, only 32 years old, just showing a couple selling sugarcanes by the side of a road. I saw them outside the wall surrounding the old city of Bhuj in western India, at the edge of the Thar desert bordering Pakistan.

Obviously I had asked to take this photo because there was no way I could have taken it unnoticed. Just as obviously the man agreed, also on behalf of his wife, and he is happy posing while she looks aside and probably found it embarrassing.

This was in October 1985. Bhuj was a most interesting city, perhaps one of those in all of India where the old central area had changed the least since colonial days. I remember a guide-book describing it as looking like it was taken straight out of a book by Rudyard Kipling.

In 2001 the area surrounding Bhuj was severely damaged in an earthquake which took the lives of about 20.000 people, injured about 167.000 and destroyed almost 400.000 homes. In Bhuj city, only 20 km from the epicentre, several buildings of great historic importance were destroyed or heavily damaged.

According to what I have found Bhuj has by now been largely rebuilt.

Here is a larger version.

As a workshop I will show another photo from outside the city wall. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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