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Kalpesh Lathigra – Lost in the Wilderness


Growing up, photographer Kalpesh Lathigra was always the Indian, never the cowboy. “As a kid you have such simplistic notions of identity,” he says. “I’m of Indian decent, but in playground games of Cowboys and Indians, no distinction was made between Indians from the subcontinent and Native Americans”, he explains. “What’s more, I always wanted to be the cowboy. I wanted to be the hero; maybe that’s why I’m so romantic about cowboys to this day.” This “slow burn of consciousness” — how childhood experiences embed themselves in our adult lives — is a point of departure for Lathigra’s new series Lost in the Wilderness. Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book India, Lathigra left a law degree to study photography at the London College of Communication. Having worked for many years as a staff photographer for The Independent, he had an epiphany in October 1999. “I was driving along the Strand past the Royal Courts of Justice and saw a group of photojournalists outside. I thought: ‘I don’t want to be doing that when I’m 40’. …


BJP Staff