INDIA, RITUAL, CULTURE: ROSS OSCAR KNIGHT CONVERSES WITH HISTORY

Portrait of Muslim Woman from Lucknow in Wedding Costume AND Knight Hindu Bride in Florida

Portrait of Muslim Woman from Lucknow in Wedding Costume AND Knight Hindu Bride in Florida

My father was a history major in college. When I was growing up I used to wonder why. I realized that once I started photographing interfaith and interracial weddings, learning more about my clients was a doorway into my interest about culture and identity. That connected me to my father's love of knowledge about past events. I became so fascinated with other cultures that reading and photographing in the U.S. was not enough to feed my curiosity. So I started traveling internationally to learn from the source. I wanted to live, breathe, eat, and experience first-hand what I perceived was unknown to me.

One question that I seek to answer is: How does modern society and/or a geological shift from one continent to another, generationally affect one's religious, social and cultural identity?

-Ross Oscar Knight

Ross Oscar Knight Converses with History: India - 50 Shades of Black

Ross Oscar Knight Converses with History: India - 50 Shades of Black

Title:  Portrait of Muslim Woman from Lucknow in Wedding Costume Place of Creation:  India Photograph Collection ca. 1860s - 1960s Source:  DOE Asia: India:  National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Title: Hindu Indian Bride Place of Creation:  Florida, 2009 Source:  Ross Oscar Knight Photography

Title: Hindu Indian Wedding Ritual Place of Creation: Gujarat 2011 Source:  Ross Oscar Knight Photography

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The series was inspired by the contemporary images of 50 SHADES OF BLACK special contributor and fusion/destination wedding photographer Ross Oscar Knight.

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