September 18, 2012
Bharat Choudary is an Indian freelance photographer based in London. He was recently awarded one of four 2012 Getty Grants for Editorial Photography to continue work on his project The Silence Of ‘Others’.
His work so far, presented here, has focused on Muslims living in the USA and the UK. With the grant Bharat aims to continue his work this time focusing on Muslim youth in France.
In a blog post on his website Bharat said of his project – ‘The Silence of ‘Others’ began with an objective to document evidences of Islamophobia and to present a balanced understanding of the young Muslim community. To understand those who fail to qualify for an appearance in the formulaic images of Muslims prostrating or burning American/British flags on the streets. This work was consciously designed not to fall for exotic religious rituals or to produce conventional images of veils as symbols of oppression and beards as signs of ‘fundamentalism’. I have worked hard to keep my pictures honest, focusing primarily on human experiences, emotions and aspirations.’
All images © Bharat Choudhary/The Alexia Foundation.