Photographer Interviews

Ritesh Uttamchandani’s Unique Approach to Photographing Brothels

September 15, 2017

By David Walker

© Ritesh Uttamchandani

For a story about a brothel, Ritesh Uttamchandani photographed the ceilings, showing them from the perspective of the prostitutes while they were working. The pictures demand empathy from viewers, while avoiding being explicit. “There are certain lines I don’t want to cross,” says Uttamchandani.

On assignment for an Indian news magazine to photograph a story about one of the country’s cleanest brothels, Ritesh Uttamchandani did the unexpected: He imagined himself in the prone position of the sex workers at work, and made a series of photographs of their bedroom ceilings. They show the drying cloths, movie posters and other personal effects that help transport...

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