To most of us, fresh flowers are a short-lived pleasure—a simple luxury that tends to fade away a little too quickly. I have favourite florists, favourite flowers, a favourite vase, and in another life, would have loved to have been a florist—but the significance is mostly aesthetic. In
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The series captures a set of flower salesmen, clutching long wreaths of yellow marigolds, clipped red roses, thick green foliage, jasmine, magnolia, hibiscus, or sunflowers. While women sell posies and garlands at Malik Ghat too, many were reluctant to be photographed as part of Ken’s project, so he decided to focus solely on men. Each portrait was taken on the banks of the nearby Hooghly river, giving the vendor’s flowers a moment to stand out, away from the stress and commotion of the market.
Copies of Hermann’s Flower Men book can be purchased