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Varanasi: Photographs by Larry Snider

March 21 - July 1, 2010

Larry Snider has been taking photographs in locations around the world for 30 years. He documents the people and landscape of a particular region, making a personal connection with that place and its culture.  In this series, Snider explores the city of Varanasi (also known as Benares), situated on the west bank of the Ganges (Ganga) River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is considered to be the most sacred of India's seven holy cities and it is visited annually by more than 1,000,000 Hindu pilgrims, who believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and that dying and being cremated in Varanasi releases a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations.