Benares Seen from Within
Author: Richard Lannoy
A superb, thick and gorgeous book on Benares (Varanasi) illustratedwith over 600 colour and black and white photographs (from the 1950s up to the late 1990s), and including a long and comprehensivetext section, index, maps, glossary and bibliography. A rarecombination of creative photography and cultural history put togetherby one man, this book both visually and textually is the mostmassive presentation of this extraordinary city ever attempted. Unflinchingin his observations, yet enormously sensitive to his subject,Lannoy records the everyday life of Hinduisms most sacred city. And it is not through the formal acts of ritual, but through themost ordinary gestures of riverside and marketplace that the charged,heightened drama of life in Benares unfolds. Indisputably the bestbook of its kind.Richard Lannoy, internationally known photographer and writer,has been visiting and photographing Benares since the 1950s.