Clare Arni is a photographer and her work encompasses architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage. She has been published by leading British book publishers Phaidon, Thames and Hudson and Dorling Kindersley.
They researched the disappearing professions historically associated with Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. They wanted to document the changes brought about because of new technologies but also to explore those artisans that are being forced out of the city; the small, specialist shops that are being marginalised by larger one-stop chain stores and how the nature of shopping is changing to stores where the customer can browse.
Many of the skilled artisans they met were struggling to adapt and survive, and most told them that their children were not going to follow them into the profession. Talking to them it became clearer that what will disappear, along with them, is their knowledge base.
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