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Rana Tharu: Women of Grace



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Rana Tharu: Women of Grace
Photographs by Eric Valli and Debra Kellner

Portrait of hardship and heartbreak, 55-year-old Chanda raised six girls alone after her husband’s early death. Her sorrow deepened recently when illness claimed the life of her daughter Kurowa. Yet her adornments defy despair: The vivid hibiscus and 20-rupee note in her ears imply beauty and wealth; a red flash at her hairline recalls her past marriage.



Camera: Leica R 7
Film Type: Kodachrome 64
Lens: 90 mm 2.8
Speed and F Stop: 5.6
Weather Conditions:
Time of Day:
Lighting Techniques: To isolate her striking face I asked her to stand in the soft light of her open doorway. I metered the exposure for her skin.




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