Laurent Salisse is a French photographer I first met accidentally when he came to shoot Ashura in Lucknow Moharam..in 2007 .
We shot the Tazias and the juloos and he shot my scourged back and my head that I had cut with a dagger the night before ,, I took him to my inlaws house at Nakhas ,and he shot the House Imambada and met my mother in law too.
Cut to post the bomb blast in Mumbai we met at Leopold ,, I took him to my mothers house at Strand Cinema and he shot the Colaba Causeway ..2009 .
Than we met again by chance on the banks of the Ganges on the day of the Shahi Snan Basant Panchami Allahabad 2013 ..
But in 2015 he decided to come to visit me in Mumbai ,,and we shot some street scenes together ,,,he shot the Nasik Kumbh too .
Than he called me from France he wanted to shoot the Malangs at Makhanpur 2016 and we again met at Makhanpur ,, it was a brave shoot , Laurent shoots with a backdrop and medium format ,, I collected most of the Malangs and he had a whale of a time shoot…