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Stunning portraits taken in the slums and rural tribal areas of Gujurat, a state in India north of Mumbai.

These photos are part of a documentary project for Child Reach UK and will be used for marketing and fundraising projects in India and the UK. Assistance comes in the form of education and advocacy.

Despite the horrible living conditions, the majority of the children in these areas seem to be surprisingly full of life.

Photo Essay


About The Author

Martin Prihoda

Martin Prihoda is an editorial and advertising photographer born in Canada but currently residing in Mumbai. He is a regular contributor to Vogue, GQ and Harpers Bazaar as well as a large advertising client base. He is passionate about portraiture photography and his current project “Faces of the Kumbh” is a personal project featuring portraiture work in Rishikesh and Haridwar, North India. Visit his website.

  • Amanda

    Gorgeous shots, you captured the children perfectly.

  • JF

    Stunning pictures! If ind #2 to be particularly evocative. To think that over half of Mumbai’s population lives in slums…

  • Audrey

    Amazing photos. I liked that you included a perspective shot of the environment (#8) to give a sense of where the homes were located and what the area looked like.

  • Kristin Conard

    Oh my goodness – these photos are incredible!

  • The Baldchemist

    Oh my goodness indeed. We should all be ashamed that this sort of exploitation is still prevalent today.
    That religion keeps them bound to this sort of existence and the likes of mother Teresa get Nobel prizes for encouraging simple folk to believe is a total disgrace.

    The pictures are technically good, the subjects frightening-and that’s no reflection on the photographer.

  • The Baldchemist

    That “the children seem surprisingly full of life” is due to the fact that they know no other life.

  • The Baldchemist

    Sorry my friend but so much for Eastern religions. Or religion in general.

  • Jayne


    Great post.

  • Danielle

    Very touching. You manage to capture so much emotion into these few, precise shots. Beautiful work.

  • Haikal Aziz

    love this collection. brilliant pictures.

  • Angela

    Amazing photos, so emotional to look at!! Mumbi captured me when i visited and these pics have brought back memorys for me, thank you.

  • Veron

    I’m always amazed at what a large, well taken photograph can communicate. Good stuff!

  • Tom

    Technically good photos but at the end of the day, they won’t change anything.

    India should perhaps divert some of its nuclear weapon money into providing sanitation and better living conditions.

  • razqa

    o man, great photo and moment, i need to save this to my hardrive :)

  • Christian Baeriswyl

    Very, very impressive pictures!

  • Joey Rico

    nice shots!!!!

  • joshywashington

    moving pictures and very well captured, the work of a gifted photographer

  • iEDGE

    Fantastic imagery and really great lighting, especially in the first few images. I’d love to chat to the photographer.

  • PG

    Wow these are great pictures though i wud have loved to see some more !

  • Connie

    Stunning photos! You’ve really captured life in the slums! Although dirty and poor, there is life and vibrance there like no other place. Well done!

  • Rhonda

    Amazing, beautiful, soul-touching photos!

  • ryan

    yooo am 15 but i would do anyting to help them i have a heart is their we can help them

  • Just Friends

    Is there a point you want to make? For example, you can find slums in virtually every capital of the 55 Sub-Saharan African states, and take pictures that are equally, if not more explicit. Your photographs, by the way, are pieces of art.


  • Kathy

    I’m sorry, but how would not having faith help these people? Other than the cast system, faith isn’t holding them down.

  • Ayngelina

    wow, incredible lighting

  • Laura Keller

    Brillant photography. Haunting images. Thank you for sharing this touching photo essay.

  • Steph

    Beautiful. This is some stunning work. Love the shot of the rollerskates.

  • Iris You

    Cool .

  • Vicc Jaiswal

    :(: Unreal!

  • Rosina Pastore

    how I’m moved….

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