In this fourth archive story by Kristian Bertel, the photographer is visiting the Pahari Dhiraj in central Delhi, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Although Delhi is spread out, the areas of interest to travelers are relatively easy to navigate. To the south, you can find the New Delhi train station. Near this station, acting as a sort of buffer zone between the old and the new cities, is Paharganj, jam-packed with cheap accommodation.
Although Delhi is spread out, the areas of interest to travelers are relatively easy to navigate. To the south, you can find the New Delhi train station. Near this station, acting as a sort of buffer zone between the old and the new cities, is Paharganj, jam-packed with cheap accommodation.

Street photography in Pahari Dhiraj

When the photographer ventured into the streets of Delhi, he came by the lively Pahari Dhiraj. For the photographer Kristian Bertel the topic of street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places like his neigborhood in Delhi. The street photo in this archive story is taken by the photographer in the Pahara Dhiraj, which is a neighborhood in Delhi with a lot of hills.

The hilly neighborhood of Delhi
Pahari Dhiraj is situated in Paharganj, an area which literally means 'hilly neighborhood' is a neighborhood of Central Delhi, located just west of the New Delhi Railway Station. Known as Shahganj or King's Ganj or market place during Mughal era, it is one of the three administrative subdivisions, of the Central Delhi district, of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with the other two being, Darya Ganj and Karol Bagh. The area is known for its concentration of affordable hotels, lodges, restaurants, dhabas and a wide variety of shops catering to both domestic travelers and foreign tourists, especially backpackers and low-budget travelers. Over the years it has become particularly popular as a haunt for international cuisine.

Street photos from India
When the photographer ventured into the streets of Delhi, he came by the lively Pahari Dhiraj. For the photographer the topic of street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places like his neigborhood in Delhi. As a traveling photographer Kristian finds that street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject might be absent of people like the boy portrayed in the street of this archive story or it can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment in Delhi or elsewhere in India. Much of what is regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th century through to the late 1970s. A photographic period which saw the emergence of portable cameras that enabled candid photography in public places. As the photographer explains: "- For me as a street photographer I try to create fine art photography, which is including street portraits by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people's history from an emotional point of view. Social documentary photographers document people and their behavior in public places for the purpose of recording people's history and other purposes", the photographer says.

More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of the street photography in Pahari Dhiraj. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.