Monochrome Delhi: A photo essay

“I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do.”

– Benicio Del Toro

And when you do see Delhi in black and white, it looks surreal. The city comes to life and the structures start speaking to you. Black and white or monochrome transports us to an old world which has a charm of its own. Colours give vibrance to a picture while the colourlessness of monochrome gives the picture its soul. As  English Photographer  Dominic Rouse puts it, “Colour is everything, black and white is more.”

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”- Susan Sontag

It is thus a great way to preserve time for generations to look back and get an idea of the social and urban milieu of the days bygone.

This photo essay tries to capture the everyday essence of Delhi. Let’s see how a monochrome Delhi looks like.


Gazing past the books in Daryaganj Sunday book market.


Delhi Streets
A self reflective day in Connaught Place during monsoon.


Delhi in peak hours, all jammed!


Behind the bars : Rajon ki Baoli in Mehrauli Archaeological Park.


Monochome Delhi
Flying high : Feroze Shah Kotla


Monochrome Delhi
Smile Please : Time to create a memorabilia!


Monochrome Delhi
In the streets of Mehrauli where life resides.


Monochrome Delhi
India Gate and the ice creams, an inseparable couple!


The Splash : Monsoon awakening the child within..


Monochrome Delhi
In the lanes of Jantar Mantar


Monochrome Delhi
The Delhi of the present: always under construction!



All pictures are © Pallavi/ Delhi Galiyara




Pallavi is the Founder and Chief Explorer of Delhi Galiyara. An academic at heart, a foodie and a flâneuse in practice. Pallavi is a street photographer and a documentary film editor. Through Delhi Galiyara she is trying to bring out the much-neglected aspects of Delhi and the lives that inhabit it from a perspective of a flâneuse, a woman wanderer. A post graduate in Gender studies, Pallavi is trying to live out the theories taught in class, philosophising, exploring and clicking pictures – all simultaneously!

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