"The Hindu pilgrimage "Kumbh mela"

Tomer Ifrah

Kumbh mela nights

Born in Israel in 1981, Tomer ifrah began photographing documentary stories in 2007, after his first trip to Ethiopia. Since then he become committed to documentary photography, taking on long term projects while addressing social issues and daily life stories. He has won several awards for his documentary work in Israel – representing a variety of issues. Along with working in Israel, Tomer frequently travels around the world for assignments and independent documentary projects.

“The Hindu pilgrimage “Kumbh mela” is one of the most ancient traditions of India. Maha Kumbh Mela is considered to be the largest religious gathering of people in the world, is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, At the confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. 

This series of images focuses on the individuals rather than the masses, photographed only after dark, on the side roads of the immense compound that was built for the pilgrimage.

February 2013, Allahabad, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.” 

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

Kumbh mela nights

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