BOOK REVIEW / Photographs of the Ganges: 'The Ganges' - Raghibur Singh: Thames & Hudson, 30 pounds

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In the sacred geography of India, the Ganges is the life-giving link between the abode of the gods and the burning plain of mundane existence. Photographer Raghibur Singh has explored the length of the river, capturing the pilgrims and peasants (above, in Sagar Island, 1985), bathers and boatmen whose lives are shaped by its waters. Through the text and 123 colour plates of The Ganges (Thames & Hudson pounds 30, published 3 August) he records his personal pilgrimage

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