The dark side of India

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

They are called “Dalit” and 160 million across India. They are members of the lowest caste of the Hindu social and religious system, thrown from the local traditions to the most infamous places in the country to perform the most degrading and odious works. That of the Dalit is considered a caste like all others but reality tells differently . It is the marginalization to condemn these people to accept poverty and misery. In Varanasi, the Indian city that lies on the banks of the Ganges, there are furnaces in which these new slaves, guilty of belonging to the “caste of the impure”, producing and transporting bricks on the back or on the head for an economic figure barely useful for survival. Women and young, often children, working ceaselessly for hours, surrounded by highly harmful dust, and under the sun that chokes throughout South Asia. There is no air between the stones of Varanasi, but most a health protection system, hygiene and safety lack completely. Everyone seems to know, but there are very few who fight against this injustice. The dark side of India is a photo-reportage by Luca Catalano Gonzaga funded by The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation in collaboration with the NGO PVCHR that  wants to tell about the slavery of the “Dalit” in what is considered the most populous democracy in the world: India. (text by Sebastiano Caputo).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.