1994 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Stories, 2nd prize
Photographer

James Nachtwey

Magnum Photos for Geo

01 January, 1993

A tearful farewell from the family. An untouchable woman is married and, according to tradition, is going to live in the village of her husband's family. In India the caste system, which has close links with Hindu tradition, has created a very hierarchical society. The system varies per region and affects every aspect of a person's life. On the lowest rung of the social ladder stand the untouchables. Although discrimination is now against the law, the hardest, dirtiest and lowest-paid jobs are reserved for them.

About

James Nachtwey

Photographs of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement inspired him to become a photographer. While teaching himself photography, he worked as truck driver and as ...

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