Marianne van Loo is a Town Planner and recently obtained a Masters in photography from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She currently lives and works in South Delhi. Her interest in Urban Planning and Photography have merged with the project ‘Gurgaon, portrait of a city’. Her photographic work is heavily influenced by theorists on non-place and place, such as Debord and Lefebvre. Her Master thesis explored the relationship between photographers, who photographed Chinese cities and the production of space and non-space. Her own work is influenced by the work of Sze Tsung Leong, Nadav Kander and Edward Burtynsky. Marianne has exhibited her work in Manchester and London and she is an advocate of self-publishing. Her website can be visited at mariannevanloophotography.com.
As soon as I saw the city of Gurgaon, it fascinated me, as a planner and photographer. This new town seemed to have come up out of waste land, with no adequate infrastructure but with the most luxurious apartment complexes, golf course and shopping malls. A city with a very visible contrast between the poor, mainly the workers and the rich who can afford to use and live in the facilities provided. A city that is constantly changing and growing. A city that cried out to be explored visually, a history in the making.
Cara Louwman currently lives with her family in Gurgaon. When she moved from the Netherlands to Gurgaon she was fascinated by the rapid growth and the modern world that was created, from what was not long ago, a rural area. This new city keeps changing every day. But there is still a big contrast between the modern buildings, where the rich and middle classes live and work, and the slums, where the workers live, who work on new construction. Even the animals, like cows, pigs and stray dogs walking around in the streets, give this modern city an antiquated look.
After obtaining her Master Degree in Business Administration at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Cara works for more than 20 years in the public relations industry. Her first project was an image improvement programme for Taiwan. As communication is part of her life, she feels she has to show people the positive sites of Gurgaon: a modern city that’s alive. The making of the book ´Lines of Gurgaon, a portrait of a city´ was the perfect way to do this. It underlines that Gurgaon is an unique city in India, worthwile to visualize.