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World Photography Day

Izmat, from the series Notes from the Desert; Gauri Gill (b. 1970, India); 1999–2010; gelatin silver print, 61 × 76.2 cm; Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2014.16

Izmat, from the series Notes from the Desert; Gauri Gill (b. 1970, India); 1999–2010; gelatin silver print, 61 × 76.2 cm; Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2014.16

Today is the sixth annual World Photography Day, an international event spotlighting people’s passion for the camera. In less than a month, we’ll do the same with artist Gauri Gill. Since the late 1990s, Gill (born 1970) has been capturing images of marginalized communities in the desert region of Rajasthan, India. Titled Notes from the Desert, the exhibition will feature nearly sixty of her prints when it opens September 17. Portraits, photographs, and letters offer glimpses of the girls and women of Rajasthan, as well as of Gill’s complex relationships with her subjects.

Staring down from the tree above is Izmat, a single mother whom Gill met during her travels. The two have been friends for nearly two decades, and Izmat and her daughters have become integral to the artist’s work.