Christine Turnauer

The Dignity of the Roma


Tracing the Roma from India to Montenegro

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“My language is visual. I’m neither a sociologist, nor a journalist, nor an anthropologist-well, perhaps marginally so.” Christine Turnauer is a photographer with a passion. Her fascinating images focus on that which is magically unusual about everyday life. She has applied this approach to her latest series of photographs detailing her search for Roma history. Her documentation begins in Gujarat and Rajasthan in northwestern India, where the European Roma have their roots. There, she meets camel dealers, basket weavers, acrobats, and musicians-representatives of the professions she consistently encountered as she traced the Roma through Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, and Kosovo. The results of her travels are photographs whose fairytale-like quality conceals the stories of suffering contained within-stories that emerge when the marks of poverty or war injuries come to light.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 29 November 2017
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Karl-Markus Gauß, Siva Prasad, Franz Salm, and Georg Sporschill
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g


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