Book Review: Non-Fiction: India: Debra Schoenberger



Debra Schoenberger

I have always been fascinated by the sheer beauty and diversity in Indian culture. “Sensory overload in a glance” is an apt description of a country that is always in movement. To be able to stand still in the middle of all that movement allows me to really “see” her people and absorb the flow of life from birth to death.

From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.

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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s clear that photographer Debra Schoenberger has a deep love for the country of India. The pictures she takes are breathtakingly beautiful and others astound with the bleak reality of everyday life for those on the bottom of India’s economic ladder.

What I did notice, though, is that regardless of economic status most of India’s residents seemed at peace with their lives and that makes India a rich country in my opinion.

India has the most beautiful architecture still on display from a bygone era when India’s fortunes were on the rise.

My only complaint?  I wish there were more details about where each of the pictures was taken. There was an index at the back of the book with a general overview of the different areas where Debra shot the pictures, but it’s impossible to reference the places listed against the pictures. I would have liked to see at least, the GPS coordinates for each of the pictures.

Now point me in the direction of the hardback copy of this wonderful picture book!

This book was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

“My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.

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