Train Travel Through India.


by Danny Pemberton

A joy of train travel is the way the landscape unrolls before your eyes, a chameleon landscape framed by a rusty iron door. But what struck me about the Indian landscape was the human geography.

In 1975 Paul Theroux described Indian Railway stations as “villages without walls”. To me, these open-air villages seemed to have spread beyond the railway stations to follow the tracks, those arterial lines that crawl from the tangled and skip-beating hearts of modern Indian metropolises to the smallest of rural outposts.

My objective with this series was to investigate the universe of the Indian Railways – hoping that the glimpses of the individuals I captured might offer an understanding of the railway network, and in turn, an insight into the rapid chameleon that is India herself.

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