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The Indian Dog Show Project. Chapter 1: Best In Show

Karan Vaid

Delhi Photo Festival

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  • Title: The Indian Dog Show Project. Chapter 1: Best In Show
  • Creator: Karan Vaid
  • Date: 2015
  • Type: Photograph
  • Photographer: Karan Vaid is a documentary photographer based out of New Delhi, India. After graduating with a business degree from Canada in 2004, he had a varying career that involved advertising and civil construction. He became a professional photographer in 2009. Since then, his primary focus is on long-term projects such as ongoing projects on Kashmir and Dog Shows in India.
  • About the series: Winter in India is a busy time for dog enthusiasts and ‘professional’ breeders. Each week thousands travel to compete in dog shows. The breeders spend great sums of mony on importing pedigreed dogs, hiring professional handlers from abroad and flying these dogs to various shows across India. To the layman a dog show may be a glorified beauty pageant for dogs and, on the whole, a quirky and rather superfluous affair. Dig a little deeper and it becomes fairly evident that, like most sub-cultures, dog shows in India have a rich and long history; the first show was held in India in 1896 and flourished under the patronage of the British colonial elite. This led to the modern dog shows under the Kennel Club of India. For participants today, it’s a highly competitive game with their reputation and aspirations on the line. There is usually no prize money to be won but breeding a dog that has done well can lead to big financial returns and many people aspire to be at the top of the dog show world in India.
  • About the Photographer: Karan Vaid is a documentary photographer based out of New Delhi, India. After graduating with a business degree from Canada in 2004, he had a varying career that involved advertising and civil construction. He became a professional photographer in 2009. Since then, his primary focus is on long-term projects such as ongoing projects on Kashmir and Dog Shows in India.
  • #DPF2015: 2015

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