Defaced_3993By Ian Hoskin
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India has a population of well over 1 billion, so to have your image on a wall means one has achieved an elevated status. Documenting these fading and defaced faces, is for me a momento mori and a way of freezing what happens to both image and person before their almost inevitable slip back into wall and obscurity. Following their Warholesque 15 minutes of fame, is a period for the images, often years, of degrading exposure to the elements and human intervention, during which they are transmogrified, into something ghostly, surreal or abstract while others become vaguely comical and some even joyful.
Based in: London
I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1955. In the mid-70s, having not done at all well at school, I decided to take time out and go hitch-hiking, I got as far as Afghanistan. Up until that point, I had no real interest in taking photographs, but that journey …
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