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Women changing India, 100 photos for the freedom of the press

Women changing India, 100 photos for the freedom of the press

Published on Tuesday 13 September 2011. Updated on Monday 12 September 2011.
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The condition of women in India has long been regarded as one of the most difficult in the world. Yet, although few people are aware of it, India’s current president is a woman, Pratibha Patil. Her role may be mainly representative but she symbolizes an underlying trend: women are increasingly holding positions of responsibility in India. More and more women are climbing the ladder in Indian society, whether in politics, business, NGOs or the arts. They are participating actively in the country’s modernization. To pay tribute to all the women who are now changing India, Reporters Without Borders decided to present the photos of six of the Magnum Photos agency’s leading photographers. Martine Franck, Patrick Zachmann, Raghu Rai, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Webb and Olivia Arthur spent several weeks in India in order to capture the role women are playing in the upheavals that the country is currently undergoing. They all came back with amazing and powerful images showing the evolution of women in the world’s biggest democracy. Women changing India, 100 photos for the freedom of the press, produced with support from BNP Paribas, will be on sale on newsstands and in bookstores in France from 15 September 2011. Continuing a partnership that began in 2010, under which the photos of the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat book were given an additional showcase in the Petit Palais in Paris, this prestigious museum will display the photos of the latest Reporters Without Borders book from 21 October 2011 until 8 January 2012. Reporters Without Borders has been publishing collections of photographs since 1992. It now publishes three a year. The entire income from the sale of these books reverts to Reporters Without Borders and covers more than 50 per cent of its budget. Reporters Without Borders has been defending press freedom throughout the world for more than 25 years. Whenever the freedom to report or receive news and information is threatened, whenever reporters or news photographers are jailed just for doing their job, Reporters Without Borders intervenes and points out that no cause can make its voice heard without a free press. News is precious, let’s protect it together!

  • Alessandra Sanguinetti
  • Alessandra Sanguinetti
  • Martine Franck
  • Martine Franck
  • Alex Webb
  • Alex Webb
  • Olivia Arthur
  • Olivia Arthur
  • Patrick Zachmann
  • Patrick Zachmann
  • Raghu Rai
  • Raghu Rai

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