December 19, 2010


Orissa from Srinivas Kuruganti on Vimeo.

December 9, 2010

December 4, 2010


I went to Sukinda in September of this year. Sukinda town in the state of Orissa, India contains 
more than 95% of India's chromite ore deposits. Chromium, obtained from chemically
processing chromite ore is mainly used in the manufacture of stainless steel due to it's hardness and 
it is resistant to corrosion.  It is also an important metal used in the alloying of steel.

I had been there once during the  hot months and I was  curious to see how  things change 
during the monsoon season. During the summer months, the evidence of pollution from the
mining companies is much more stark. The homes, the streets and forests are covered in 
waste from the mines.

The Monsoon season is quite deceptive. The forests are lush and all the waste has been 
washed off the trees and homes. That waste though has seeped into the soil and possibly
into the groundwater. Most of the effluents that mining companies generate when processing
chromite is dumped into the rivers which are then diverted into farmland. Untreated waste
from the  Talangi chromite mines runs into the Damsola River and villagers continue to
use that water for bathing. Most villagers don't have much of a choice but to use contaminated 
water. Studies have shown high levels of the toxic substance hexavelant chromium
in the rivers, groundwater and in the air.

The photos here are a very rough edit which I hope to combine with my other series
on mining in the state of Orissa.

Sukinda - Images by Srinivas Kuruganti

December 3, 2010

Gul Ramani

It's been a while since I've posted anything. Here's something that I found incredibly beautiful.

November 15, 2010


I miss foraging for blackberries. I'll now have to wait till August of next year.

October 31, 2010

Maurice Lawrence

Maurice Lawrence
March 18, 1963- October 18, 2010

October 10, 2010

Jharkhand, India

I worked on a story on coal mining about 7 years ago in Dhanbad, in the state of Jharkhand. I had made a couple of trips there and spent about 4 weeks working on this story. I had great difficulty in getting access and spent hours and hours everyday speaking to officials. Somehow with and without their permission, I managed to get into quite a few places.
I returned just a few weeks back to the same area to see how the place had changed and also to photograph some things that were missing in my earlier story. I would like to make another trip there soon.  Here's a selection of photos but will add more as I edit.

Jharkhand - Images by Srinivas Kuruganti

August 31, 2010

Small Harvest

August 12, 2010

Tate Modern

August 4, 2010

Photography Book Now Competition

Here is my submission for the competition.
Vote for my Book in the Photography Book Now competition.

August 3, 2010

Coal Mining 2

Here are a few more. Not sure which one works best. Back in the darkroom tomorrow.  I wish I had a decent film scanner. As much as I enjoy being in the darkroom, it would be nice to just scan the negatives.

August 2, 2010

Coal Mining

Back in the darkroom. My friend and I re-edited all the contact sheets of my coal mining project in India. Here are a few new prints but more to come.

Brick Lane and beyond


August 1, 2010

Saturday July 31

The cows are back on the marshes!

July 31, 2010


Thursday 29 July

Hanging out with Tanuja and her friends Charlotte and Ishmael at a gallery opening in Central London.

July 30, 2010


A few days before his big move to Toronto.


Jamil with his parents in London Fields. One month old!


Visit with Graeme and Esther in their massive studio space.

 near the studio

July 28, 2010

Arles- Night time

July 27, 2010

Trip to Arles-3

Exhibit by Leon Ferrari

Trip to Arles-2

Some of the exhibits I really liked.

  I wish I had written down the names of these artists.

July 20, 2010

Trip to Arles

Part 1

July 3, 2010

Matt and Jemila's

Barbeque at Matt and Jemila's