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dharavi: mumbai’s shadow city

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Remember the opening chase scene from Slumdog Millionaire?  It and the rest of the film is set in Dharavi, a huge slum at the center of Bombay city.  Here are some incredible photos by Jonas Bendicksen on Magnum Photos from 2006. 

From Magnum:

“Mumbai,” wrote V.S. Naipaul, “is a crowd”. Dharavi, with people oozing out of every crack and countless quarters of artisans and small industries, is often referred to as the throbbing heart of the city. From garment sweatshops to big trash recycling facilities, Dharavi is a beehive whose yearly economic output is estimated to be in excess of five hundred million dollars. The fact is that many of the biggest megacities of the planet could barely do without their slums anymore, home to so many cogs of the great logistical machinery of keeping enormous cities ticking.




Written by Peter Rudd

February 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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