Photographs by Fazal Sheikh.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2008. 114 pp., 108 tritone illustrations, 6¾x9".
New York-born photographer and
activist Fazal Sheikh closely crops his
subjects’ faces, making their eyes
the central focus of the frame, in
turn forcing his viewers to face
them. He captures portraits of communities
around the world in an
effort to bridge the gap between
the diversity of human experience
and the often-insurmountable differences
in opportunity. This volume
focuses on photographs of women,
taken in India over the past five
years. In his last two books, Moksha
(2005) and Ladli (2007), Sheikh
addressed the social and political
implications of Indian women’s subordination
recording many stories of isolation
and extreme abuse. In The Circle,
Sheikh concentrates on the power
of these womens’ gazes and their
ability to engage our empathy and
our curiosity. This series reflects an
intimacy and directness between
photographer and subject that challenges
about Indian women.
Read George Slade's review of The Circle in photo-eye Magazine.