Work Print of Snake Charmer; Robert Bagby, Linhof 4x5 Press Camera, Bagby 16

Title
Work Print of Snake Charmer; Robert Bagby, Linhof 4x5 Press Camera, Bagby 16
Description
In order to want to travel, we must be interested in the subject; curiosity drives much of how we live our lives. This photograph, in particular, demonstrates the employ of curiosity to capture a viewer’s attention. A man (presumably Sri Lankan) holds two cobras aloft in his hands—a tangible and visual representation of the Indian-Southeast Asian snake charmer and guru-esque shaman as a tourist view. The slim, ascetic man seems to call up images of Gandhi and other thin, spiritual and non-violent leaders. This photograph, to modern 21st-century eyes, evokes fetishized exoticism rather than documentary context of the indigenous peoples of the Indian Subcontinent.
Creator
Robert Bagby
Source
Robert Bagby Photography and other materials
Date
1950s-70s
Rights
RIT Archive Collections
Format
Linhof 4x5 Press Camera, Black and White Print
Collection
Robert Bagby Photography and other materials
Citation
Robert Bagby Photography and other materials, RIT Archives