[Road Wallah] by Photographer Dougie Wallace
Author: peter Date: 14 November, Category: Appealing, Visits 2022
[The images give a glimpse into the chaotic and often claustrophobic environment in which these migrant men spend up to 24 hours of their day. The busy streets and the personality of the drivers is mirrored and reflected in the decor of their cabs.
Bombay’s once ubiquitous Premier Padmini taxis were introduced in the 60s and are dwindling at an alarming rate. This follows a decree banning vehicles over 25 years old from the streets to be replaced with [modern alternatives]. In a few years these iconic workhorses will be gone from Bombay’s streets altogether. It is important to capture this before it disappears and I see the road wallah's cabs as the time capsules that allow me to do this]. – Dougie Wallace
, Bombay India, March, 2013. (Photos by Dougie Wallace)