51 Powerful Portraits Of Everyday Indian People By Polish Photographer Magdalena Bagrianow

Meeting people from different backgrounds and understanding that you’re different and the same at the same time really broadens your horizons. Yet most of us can’t travel to all the corners of the world. However, just because we can’t shake hands with a person from a distant place doesn’t mean we can’t get introduced to them as well. Enter photographer Magdalena Bagrianow.

This UK-based Polish photographer has traveled to India with a camera in her hand and took quite a few portraits of the locals. And they’re so powerful, you can almost feel the emotions the subjects were going through at the time. Many of the shots were taken in their usual surroundings as well, only strengthening the sense of sincerity.

Although India’s population growth has been steadily decreasing since the beginning of the 1990s, the country still ranks as the second most inhabited. The 1,3 billion people that live there equate to about 17.5% of the total world population.

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Beautiful Kalbelia girl with her baby sister. Portrait taken in the outskirts of Pushkar

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Portrait of a beautiful Kalbelia gypsy named Suman, taken at Pushkar fair grounds

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Maya, gypsy girl from Bhopa caste

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Portrait of a little Rajasthani boy, dressed as a Hindu God Lord Shiva. Photo was taken in the streets of Pushkar, where he was accepting money/offerings from the passing by locals and tourists. In the Hindu religion/culture offerings are considered to be a good luck.His mother was at his side all the time, watching over him. It’s custom for kids and adults to get dressed up as a Hindu Gods/Goddesses during religious festivals.

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Rajasthani herder amongst his camels at the Pushkar Fair

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Papu and Mamtu, mother and daughter from the Bhopa caste, both considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Rajasthan

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Portrait of beautiful girl from the Kalbelia caste, taken at the Pushkar Fair grounds

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Beautiful Suman from Kalbelia caste, portrait taken at the annual fair in Pushkar

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Portrait of a gypsy girl from the Kalbelia caste, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a beautiful Kalbelia girl named Suman

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Portrait of a gypsy girl from the Bhopa caste, taken in the outskirts of Pushkar

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Portrait of Suman, beautiful girl from Kalbelia caste, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of beautiful Suman from Kalbelia caste taken during annual Pushkar Fair

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Rajasthani mother breast feeding her baby while roaming Pushkar grounds during annual camel fair

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Portrait of a green eyed girl, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a Sadhu, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani boy with dead cobra on his neck. Photo taken at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur

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Portrait of a Sadhu, Hindu Holy man, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Beautiful Rajasthani girls at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader, taken during annual Pushkar Fair

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“FORGET YOUR TROUBLES AND DANCE” – Bob Marley. Sagina, beautiful girl from Kalbelia caste dancing at the Pushkar Fair grounds

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Portrait of Rajasthani sisters, taken in the outskirts of Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader

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Gypsy girl from the Kalbelia caste

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel herder taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a beautiful Rajasthani girl, taken during Pushkar Camel Fair

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Portrait of a gypsy girl from Kalbelia caste, taken at the Pushkar fair

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Portrait of a young woman from Kalbelia

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Portrait of a beautiful Rajasthani girl taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Rajasthani mother and her baby boy roaming around Pushkar Fair grounds

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Portrait of a gypsy woman from the Bhopa caste, taken at the Pushkar camel fair grounds

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Portrait of a Rajasthani girl taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Beautiful smile of the Kalbelia gypsy girl called Suman

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Portrait of a beautiful gypsy girl from the Kalbelia caste

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Portrait of Papu, Rajasthani beauty from the Bhopa caste

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Portrait of an old Rajasthani herder taken on the cold morning at the camel fair

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Portrait of a little Omani girl, taken in the Mutrah Souq

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Portrait of a Sadhu, Hindu holy man, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Taj Mahal on the foggy morning

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These mesmerizing eyes belong to Sita, mother of Suman and 4 other children I’ve photographed over the years. She’s from Kalbelia caste, which traditional occupation is snake charming and dancing.Sadly Kalbelias and other casts are not welcomed to live amongst the rest of the community and often move from place to place or settle down on the outskirts of the villages…They are very kind and hospitable people and they will share with you whatever little they have

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Portrait of a gypsy mother and her son, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a beautiful Rajasthani girl, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a cute gypsy boy, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a beautiful gypsy girl from Kalbelia caste, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a little Rajasthani girl, taken during annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of an old Rajasthani woman, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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A cross-dresser dressed up as a Hindu Goddess is offering his blessings in return of money from the tourists and local people

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Rajasthani family from the Bhopa community at the annual fair in Pushkar

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Beautiful gypsy girl named Maya, portrait taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader, taken during annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a 12 year old Kalbelia gypsy named Suman, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a Rajasthani girl I came a cross in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a little Rajasthani girl, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a beautiful gypsy from Kalbelia caste taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of a Rajasthani woman, taken during Pushkar camel fair

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Happiness. Nomadic boy in the dunes of the Thar Desert

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Portrait of Sita, Suman’s mother, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of an old Rajasthani camel herder, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of girl from the Bhopa caste

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Old Rajasthani herder leading his camels to the annual Pushkar Fair

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Young gypsy girl from the Kalbelia caste

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Portrait of a young Kalbelia gypsy, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Suman is a beautiful Kalbelia gypsy which I’ve befriended and was lucky to photograph over the years

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Portrait of a gypsy girl taken during annual Pushkar fair

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Portrait of a beautiful Rajuri, singer from the Bhopa caste taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader, taken during annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a gypsy girl, taken on the outskirts of Pushkar

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Green eyed gypsy named Mamtu from Bhopa caste

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Portrait of a gypsy girl, taken on the outskirts of Pushkar

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Rajasthani mother and daughter at the annual Pushkar fair

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Portrait of a shy Rajasthani girl, taken in the streets of Jodhpur

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Portrait of a Rajasthani girl taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a young girl from the Kalbelia caste, taken during Pushkar camel fair

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Portrait of a sweet Rajasthani girl, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Rajasthani herder on the way to the Pushkar Fair

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Four sisters gathered at front of their family tent at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Portrait of an old gypsy woman, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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In to the fog…Taj Mahal surrounded by the morning fog

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Rajasthani camel trader, photo taken at the annual Pushkar fair

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader smoking tobacco from a chillum pipe at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Old Rajasthani woman at the fruit and vegetable market in Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani man carrying a pot of water at the Pushkar Fair grounds

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Portrait of an old gypsy woman, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Rajasthani herder smoking a pipe at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Rajasthani camel trader at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Rajasthani camel trader at the annual Pushkar Fai

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Rajasthani girl dressed up as a Hindu Goddess during religious festival in Pushkar

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Portrait of a beautiful Kalbelia gypsy, taken during camel fair in Pushkar

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Portrait of a adorable Rajasthani girl, taken at the Pushkar fair ground

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…she didn’t have much, but playing with those flowers brought such a happiness to her face…

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Little girl in the window, taken in the streets of Kathmandu

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Papu a beautiful gypsy from the Bhopa caste

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel herder, taken during annual fair in Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani girl, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Textile dyeing and block printing factory on the outskirts of Jaipur

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Portrait of a Rajasthani girl taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a gypsy woman, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds

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Mother and daughter covered with blanket on the cold morning at Pushkar fair

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Portrait of a gypsy boy, taken during annual Pushkar fair

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Homeless man in the streets of “Pink City”

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Rajasthani camel herder on the way to the Pushkar fair

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Portrait of an old Rajasthani herder, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Old Rajasthani camel herder

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Portrait of a Rajasthani man, taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Portrait of a Rajasthani baby boy, taken at the Pushkar Fair grounds

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Close up of hands and feet of Rajasthani woman from the Kalbelia community. Kalbelia’s characteristically paints their nails with black color and white dots

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Taj Mahal surrounded by the morning fog

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Portrait of a Rajasthani camel herder, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair

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Portrait of a young woman taken in the streets of Pushkar

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Rajasthani camel trader at the annual Pushkar Fair

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