India’s sixteenth Lok Sabha elections were considered to be the largest in world history — more than a long campaign, a seven-stage polling schedule and blistering heat, it saw what is possibly the first comprehensive body of political photographs shot entirely with mobile phones in India.
The Instagram project by Scroll.in, travelled across India for more than a month, with photographers spread out over more than 15 states to capture the defining moments of the general Indian elections with cameras on their mobile phones, visually documenting the point of view of the people who matter the most — the voters.
Read more about the Scroll.in initiative in Shilpa Vijayakrishnan’s critical essay and analysis of the project here.
Curated by Open magazine’s photo editor Ritesh Uttamchandani and photographer Prashant Vishwanathan, the project was a unique experiment that challenged traditional visual narratives and explored the democratic potential of photography and the internet.
Below are some of the images from the project.