Waswo playfully examines the genres of both the ethnographic photograph-as-document that is linked to the colonial era, as well as the fantasy-inspired make-believe that has emanated from traditional Indian portrait studios.
Using the dual attributes of each—fact and fiction—Waswo concocts an inspired mix of homage and critique.
The resultant images straddle a line between the retro and the contemporary that resist easy efforts to classify them.
They can cause a viewer to rethink what he initially perceives, question the dialogue set up between photographer and model, and eventually challenge the viewer’s own preconceptions.
The photographs in this book are selections from a much larger body of work that the artist broadly refers to as A Studio in Rajasthan.