Alina Fedorenko’s portraiture series takes a look at the homes of India

“A home is the soul of its owner and the most intimate place of a person, it tells a story about the residents living in it.”

In March of 2017, Berlin based photographer Alina Fedorenko travelled to North India to capture portraits of families within their domestic spaces. The series won her the 10th Pollux Award in the category of People and Daily Life, as well as Silver at the Prix de la Photographie Paris.

“A home is the soul of its owner and the most intimate place of a person, it tells a story about the residents living in it. Entering a home brings me closer to the way of life of these people and helps me to understand. Every home and its occupants have their own story of life to tell, in India the colors help to tell the rest.”

Fedorenko’s portraits focus on individuals of all ages, living in different slum areas in Rajasthan and Delhi.

“Most of the people in my work, live a life at the edge of existence and are socially disadvantaged. In India, financially unstable families sharing usually a small house with up to six to seven members, it is a common scene of the slums. Most of these households have only one room, which is being shared with the whole family. One third of the slums are devoid of an indoor toilet. The ones that do have a toilet are not connected with proper sewerage systems. Many generations are sharing life and dependant on each other. I want my work also to act as a reminder of the importance of family and shared values, which is a certain kind of wealth that even those who have less can cherish and enjoy.”

See more of Alina's work here.

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