The Southbank, London

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
London, UK
April 2013
Though the residents of Yashwant Nagar in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai live in a congested neighborhood, they enjoy security of tenure and benefit from a strong civic sense - the result of a long-established community living in the area. Yashwant Nagar is about to be demolished to make way for a new housing development that will accomodate exisitng residents. 

The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) uses the UNDP-devised Human Development Index (HDI) as a measure by which to allocate resources. 

Using parameters like population, literacy rate and infant mortality, and ranking wards in the order of performance, the BMC apportions funds to areas with lower education and higher mortality rates. The BMC also encourages the participation of Mumbai's citizens in the monitoring of education and health projects.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Mumbai, India
September 8th 2010
American actress and model Dita Von Teese at the Kanuhura resort in the Maldives. Von Teese wears her own selection of 1940s and 50s clothing. 

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Kanuhura, Madives.
August 18th 2009
Michael Heizer installation at the Dia Beacon Art Center.

Photo: ┬ęTom Pietrasik
Beacon, NY, USA
February 16th 2015
Rickshaw riders gather around a fire beneath streetlighting in the dawn chill of Moradabad railway station.

Moradabad,
Uttar Pradesh, India.
November 2006
A wedding party gather for photographs on the beach in Dar es Salaam.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
June 25th 2011
Sakarba Mankrao Gore from the Mumbai slum of Dharavi attends an eye clinic run by the Mumbai Eye Care Campaign. The clinic provides a consultation for a nominal fee for a poor community that would otherwise be unlikely to seek the service. The aim of the campaign is to identify eye conditions and provide treatment in weekly clinics held in 15 locations around the city. 

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Mumbai, India
January 22nd 2010
Standard Chartered Tower, 201 Century Avenue, Shanghai

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Shanghai, China
November 2011
Corporate Portrait. 

London U.K.
September 13th 2010
Portrait, Chennai. 

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Chennai, India
April 2nd 2008

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Farmers gather at a tea-stall in Adgaon Budruk village in Vidarbha, the cotton-growing district of Maharashtra state. 

In 1991, the Indian Government liberalised its economy and launched a process of reforms that placed millions already poor farmers at the mercy of international markets. The Government's guaranteed purchase price for many Indian crops fell to a price-floor or were abandoned altogether. In Vidarbha, small-scale cotton producers who could once depend on a meagre but stable rate of return now regularly invest more money in the running of their farms than they generate in sales of cotton. This has necessarily forced many into debt, triggering uncertainty, destabilising lives and undermining development.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
January 2011
Maharashtra, India
Tootsa MacGinty SS 2015

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
London, UK
June 29th 2014
Football on the beach in Kerala, India. 

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
June 2014
Kerala, India
A family from Juna Bhander. The Juna Bhander fishing community have been able to campaign for their rights and access services thanks to UNDP-supported Mahiti-Mitra. Only after a 45 day protest outside the Mundra magistrates office was Adani who run the neighbouring SEZ port forced to provide Juna Bhander an access road around the Adani private airport. Mahiti-Mitra have also organised a fish-production company which will see a two to three-fold increase in average household income.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Kutch District, Gujarat. India
September 9th 2008
A young woman uses a cell phone in a phone booth on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
New York City, USA 
October 15th 2014

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