Michele Borzoni June 27, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Pakistan.
Christian Wedding, Islamabad, Pakistan
Michele Borzoni (b. 1979 , Italy) graduated from the International Center of Photography in the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program in 2006. He attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, Barnstorm XIX. His work has been awarded with the First Prize Yann Geffroy Award 2007 with his work “Srebrenica, struggle for justice”, the New York Times Scholarship for ICP students, and in 2009 he received the Tierney Fellowship. In 2010 he won the first prize of the World Press Photo in the People in the News singles category. From 2006 he has been working with Italian and international magazines among with D della Repubblica, Vanity Fair, Magazine, Elle, Io Donna, Newsweek, Marie Clair France, Newsweek, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Financial Times Magazine, Amica, Le Monde2, Geo and others.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of a series about the Christian minority in Pakistan. In particular, people are celebrating a Christian wedding in the “Hundred Quarter” Christian colony, one of the seven Christian ghettos of Islamabad. Relatives hang money on the bridegrooms head as a sign of happiness. What interested me was the mixture of Christian and the Punjabi traditional culture. In the big cities of Pakistan most of the Christians live in ghettos called “colonies”. As a consequence of the cast system legacy, the majority of Christians work in the cleaning and sanitary field. Kind of like untouchables.”