I'm often attracted to books that I fail to understand completely. Books that demand attention. Khichdi by Nick Sethi is one of those. It is hard to explain what it is. I guess one could say is a reportage about India shot in the last 10 years, a cacophony of photos documenting everything and anything. But it's more than that. Nick is part of the chaos, he is immersed in it (literally), it provokes him to engage and perform with people; he is an outsider and an insider at the same time (he is a first-generation American from Indian parents). The photos are funny, disturbing, weird and ultimately revealing about the country and Nick himself. I think Nick is one of the fresher voices in contemporary documentary photography. Not to mention that the book printed is in India with a mesmerizing layout created by designer Paul Lamotte which solidifies the chaos and weirdness in a beautiful object.
Bruno Ceschel is the founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy and a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His latest book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto was published by Aperture in 2015. www.selfpublishbehappy.com