Object: ’Monsoon girl’. From the series: ‘Monsoon’
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|Title||’Monsoon girl’. From the series: ‘Monsoon’|
Brake, Brian (photographer), 1960, India
|Medium summary||colour transparency|
|Materials||reversal film, cut film, photographic gelatin|
|Classification||colour transparencies, colour slides, portraits|
|Technique||chromogenic processes, colour photography|
|Format||35 mm slide (mounted)|
|Credit line||Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001|
Monsoon girl is Brake’s most famous image. It was also controversial because it was a ‘set-up’ shot shown in the context of photojournalism, where viewers assume the images are ‘real life’ witnessed by the photographer.
The subject, Aparna Das Gupta (later Aparna Sen), was an actress on a movie set. Many years later, she recalled that Brake, ‘…took me up to the terrace, had me wear a red sari in the way a village girl does, and asked me to wear a green stud in my nose. …Someone had a large watering can, and they poured water over me. Brake said, “Feel the rain on your face.”’
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