The Indian Coffee House, by Ishan Tankha

March 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ishan Tankha is not a coffee drinker. But he’s nonetheless drawn to cafés.

The Indian Coffee Houses are particular havens of an old world charm that is rapidly fading with the encroachment of modern, sanitised, globally franchised competitors. More than just a place to get a cheap drink, they’ve long afforded a public space for people to meet, discuss politics and sport, or just sit and idle time away. They’re practically institutions.”

Customers and staff share an ease and familiarity that only years of patronage can bring. The rooms, with their characteristically high ceilings, hold rich aromas and the charm of age and gentle neglect.

Tankha’s fascination is with ambience and space. In his photographs, he attempts to encapsulate the timeless essence of the Indian Coffee House.

Ishan Tankha is a Delhi-based photojournalist whose work has been featured in a number of publications, including India Today, Suomen Kuvalehti, and Open Magazine. He has worked on a broad range of subjects, from the Kashmir earthquake and the conflict in Sri Lanka to the Friendship cricket series in Pakistan. Ishan’s work has been exhibited at the Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi, and Grosvenor Vadehra, London, as part of ‘Click! Contemporary Photography from India’. He was also included in the 2009 Lalit Kala, New Delhi, as part of the exhibition ‘Lo Real Maravilloso’.

Ishan graduated from St. Stephen’s College in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He lives in New Delhi and has a cat that visits.

For more about Ishan, follow this link.


*In the run up to the opening of BLINDBOYS WIDEYED on 12th March, we are blogging about each of the Blindboys photographers and the work they have sent us for the exhibition.


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