Pul Ke Niche
by Nick Sethi
Pul Ke Niche is the first book by Nick Sethi, an American photographer of Indian extraction. What is remarkable in Sethi’s pictures of the children and families living under a freeway in New Delhi is how they boldly avoid the usual traps of photojournalism in depicting poverty – there are no sad faces, begging hands, or juxtaposing of rich and poor to illicit sympathy. Even though they are desperate, blowing-the-lid off poverty in India is clearly not Sethi's objective, instead he portrays of the “wrongness” of their predicament, and their humor despite this, illustrated in a series of often surreal scenarios.