Outstanding Portraits of Indian Paupers by Roberto Pazzi

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Elderly woman met in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

From an early age, Roberto Pazzi discovered himself as a backpacker, but only recently, he started to explore his great love for photography.

The italian photographer, who works as a sales manager, went to India to capture these pictures of its paupers. He said: “I took these photographs because I wanted to create a window into the lives of the people of India. I feel that their faces, eyes, hands and wrinkles are all so expressive – it’s as if their body is telling a story. They live such simple, happy lives, and I think it’s an ethical example that our society should follow.”

Roberto spent his time in the quieter suburbs of the cities meeting families and learning about their lifestyles.
He says: “Most of the people I photographed had never seen a camera before. I remember one particularly poor man was trying to sell some peanuts down a side street. After I took his photograph, he was so amazed that he called over his whole family to take a look.
He was so happy with the picture, that before I left he offered me a bag of peanuts – the only thing he had.”

“Photography makes me look at the world like a child.
That reminds me that the simplest things are also the most important ones…”

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A sadhu in Varanasi (India).
In Hinduism, a sadhu (“good man, holy man”) is a religious ascetic or holy person. Although the vast majority of sadhus are yogis, not all yogis are sadhus. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sadhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sanyāsa (renunciation). This way of life is open to women; the female form of the word is sadhvi. In 2014 an all-female akhada (group of sadhus) was formed; it is believed to be the first such group in India.

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A sadhu in Varanasi (India).

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Man playing flute inside the Jaswant Thada (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India).
The Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark located in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

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A sadhu in Varanasi (India).

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A beggar in Varanasi (India),
In India the problem of beggary has assumed a stupendous proportion. Beggars of today have adopted beggary as a profession, it has changed its form in the modern period and the problem has become a colossal one.
Moreover due to less productivity and all-round backwardness, beggary is growing at alarming rate.
At present there are more than half a million beggars in India and if we include among these those persons who occasionally beg, the number will swell into some millions.

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A sadhu in Varanasi (India).

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Owner of a rickshaw in Agra (India).
Cycle rickshaws are widely used in major cities around the world, but most commonly in cities of South, Southeast and East Asia.
As opposed to rickshaws pulled by a person on foot, cycle rickshaws are human-powered by pedaling. Another type of rickshaw is the auto rickshaw.

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Portrait of a man living near Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).
Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city is named. The city today has a population of 3.1 million.
Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India.

10Outstanding Portraits of Indian Paupers by Roberto PazziA sadhu in Varanasi (India).

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Elderly man in Agra (India).

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A sadhu in Varanasi (India).

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Elderly shopkeeper in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

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A charismatic elderly woman in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

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Prayer in Udaipur (Rajasthan, India).

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