Ami Vitale April 3, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in India.
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Camel Trader at Market, Pushkar, India
Ami Vitale began her career working as an editor for Associated Press in New York and Washington D.C. and eventually left in 1997 for the Czech Republic where she covered the Balkan conflict. In 2001 she moved to Guinea Bissau in West Africa after she was awarded the Alexia Foundation grant and lived with a tribe of Fulanis in a remote village. When she returned, Vitale moved to India where she lived for over five years, producing memorable work throughout the region. Her stories have been awarded grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Vitale’s photographs have been published in major international magazines such as National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian and Le Figaro among others. They have also been presented in international exhibitions including: Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; the Open Society Institute and The United Nations in New York.
About the Photograph:
“Jelha Ram, a camel trader from Nagor, India standing with one of his camels as the sun sets at the largest camel fair in the world in Pushkar, India in the state of Rajasthan. Thousands of camels and traders come to the annual event which some say has been going on for centuries. It was the second time I covered the camel fair and its one of my favorite events in India. It feels like you are in another era when camels were important to the economies and remind me that in some places they still are. The traders are so proud of their animals and Jehal was no different”.