Alex Webb: India Spice

Alex Webb: India Spice
International Photography Grant 2019

Spices are no longer the impetus of conquest and colonization they once were, but they continue to suffuse cuisines worldwide. Spices have long defined the rich, complex South India cuisine— known for its hot red chilies and saffron-hued turmeric that are produced in the region—spices that also seem to be echoed throughout this multilayered culture. Photographing in the streets of Kerala, I remembered seeing turmeric’s deep yellow floating past as a shimmering shawl—and, turning the corner, encountering the delight of a red chili-colored head scarf.

INDIA. Fort Kochi. 2014.

INDIA. Fort Kochi. 2014.

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Alex Webb: India Spice

INDIA. Ernakulam. 2014. Onam Festival, “Trikkakara pooram”.

INDIA. Ernakulam. 2014. Onam Festival, “Trikkakara pooram”.

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Alex Webb: India Spice

INDIA. Near Appuzha. 2014. Sri Narayana Jayathi Festival. Processions commemorating death of Sri Narayana Guru, philosopher who opposed caste system.

INDIA. Near Appuzha. 2014. Sri Narayana Jayathi Festival. Processions commemorating death of Sri Narayana Guru, philosopher who opposed caste system.

INDIA. Aranmula. 2014. Boat race.

INDIA. Aranmula. 2014. Boat race.

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Alex Webb: India Spice

INDIA. Fort Kochi. 2014. Preparations for Onatsavam Festival and procession.

INDIA. Fort Kochi. 2014. Preparations for Onatsavam Festival and procession.

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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Alex Webb: India Spice

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