A study of India’s largest pilgrimage in photographs by Benjamin Dix (Dixie)
“For 23 days I stayed inside the Kumbha Mela. If all those days had been like the photos I’ve seen before then I would have gone mad. I may well have been in the most crowded place on earth, but I found peace within it.” – Dixie
The exhibition illustrates the Kumbha Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage, which marks the place where the gods spilled the nectar of immortality. Dixie was invited to the 1998 Kumbha Mela in Haridwar by Guru Laxman Das with whom he had been living with in a cave Ashram in the Himalayas on his first visit to India. The exhibition contains a personal selection of pictures taken by Dixie during his time with the Sadhus and of the quieter side to the largest gathering of humanity on earth. Dixie’s pictures of the river at dawn, and his vivid portraits of pilgrims depict the peace among the crowds and the devotion at the Mela’s core always with a great sympathy to his subject being reflected in his work.
The exhibition has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Bagri Foundation, and support of Treacle Media and Joes Basement.