TIFA 2021 Book / People

I Was My Husband

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/People, 2nd Place winner in Book
  • Photographer
    Valter Darbe
  • Photo Date

The modern Indian society seems to be not able to modify some aspects belonging to the most orthodox Hindu culture, according to which, a widow no longer has any right nor social utility, and loose her identity when the husband die. They are 42 Mln: kicked out of houses, stolen from properties, they are banned from all social moments of life. A phenomenon that crosses all social classes, doubly enclosed within the walls of the ashrams and the cultural prisons of a society that prefers to make them "invisible" rather than questioning themselves. This is the first reportage from inside ashrams.

Bachelor degree in photography and master in “Science, technology and communication”. Advertising, portrait and still photographer. Start artistic production in 1991 with a project focused on archetypes of emotions, which was noteworthy at national and international level with solo and group exhibitions. Now more involved in social photography, I'm engaged as board member of Six Degrees, an international association of war and social reporters. My most recent project is a long term one focused on relationship between women’s condition & religion, and on the social impacts of Silk Roads.