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Sephi Bergerson started photographing Indian weddings hoping to find similarities between the ceremonies of different communities. Instead, he discovered that there were far more differences than there were similarities...

india Updated: Nov 27, 2009 23:33 IST

I got into wedding photography only in October 2007, when I started working on my book, Traditional Weddings in Modern India.

As with almost every subject that I pick for a long-term personal project, the camera is only a method to study a social and cultural phenomenon. My personal projects have always influenced my commercial work and it was only natural that, after shooting a few weddings, people started approaching me for wedding assignments on a commercial basis.

I now take only a few weddings every year, so that I can keep working on other projects as well and not lose the passion for weddings altogether.

I set out on this project assuming there would be lots of similarities between the various wedding traditions, but I am pleased to learn that the differences are many more than the similarities. It is a wonderful subject for a visual study.

Israeli photographer Sephi Bergerson moved to India in 2002. His Street Food of India was published in February 2009; Horn Please — Trucking in India will come out in early 2010; and Traditional Weddings in Modern India the year after.