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Tastes of India

Two artists offer two different views of the Asian nation.

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Herbert Ascherman Jr. and Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, the two photographers featured in Interesting Faces, Colorful Wings, have one thing in common: Kerala. Clevelander Ascherman visited the Indian city that’s the focus of the new exhibit (which opens at the Museum of Natural History today) twice over the past two years; Pulikkal was born there and works there as a doctor. Their work couldn’t be more different. Ascherman’s black-and-white portraits of people and places feel claustrophobic, as if the heart of the big country beats in one congested spot. Pulikkal’s colorful pics, however, burst with wide-open grandeur and a sense of vastness. It’s almost as if two separate, and completely disparate, regions exist.
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