ROM A N C E This Goa, India-based photographer’s destination shoots often take place in his own, very colorful backyard.
INTERVIEW BY JACQUELINE TOBIN
THE DESTINATION IS INDIA;
THE PHOTOGRAPHER IS SEPHI
BERGERSON. And as someone
who came from a commercial and
photo-j background, it’s taken years
for him to accept the title of wedding
Bergerson was living in his native
Israel and had never shot a wedding
when he and his wife moved to
India in 2002. There, he took up
documentary work for international
NGOs. At the end of 2008, when the
recession started, it drove him to take
up weddings as paid assignments.
Since then, Bergerson, with his
grand, multi-day ritual wedding
coverage, has published a
groundbreaking wedding photo book,
Behind The Indian Veil (2015), organized
SILK INSPIRE (India’s first wedding
pPhotography festival), and shot an
Indian wedding entirely on his iPhone
6s Plus. And he’s just getting started.
JT: How would you describe your photo aesthetic and style?
SB: I am good with people. I know what I want to say, and coming from
a photography school background (Hadassah College of Technology in
Jerusalem, 1991), I know how to say it with images. I don’t really think about
my style. I just take pictures that I see. It is a very intuitive process for me.
Somewhat like riding a bicycle. I just do it.
JT: Why are you so drawn to Indian weddings?
SB: What fascinates me about them is that they are always different. There is
nothing—not a thread or a piece of cloth—that is the same. Every wedding has
its own rituals.
JT: Would you say the allure of the Indian wedding and its rituals set
you on your seven-year journey to publishing Behind The Indian Veil?
SB: Absolutely. As I traveled through all of India, I was invited into sacred
places and intimate moments normally inaccessible to outsiders, witnessing
sacred traditions that even people from India don’t necessarily know about. It
was a truly eye-opening experience that allowed me to witness such a variety
of Indian weddings.
JT: So totally switching gears, what prompted you to shoot an Indian
wedding last year using only an iPhone?
SB: I keep simplifying my gear and try to work with smaller and smaller
equipment. I’ve shot a lot on the iPhone when I travel, and I just wanted to see
if it was possible to also do a wedding on the iPhone. I was lucky enough to