Maha Kumbh Mela

PhotographerAndy Richter
Entry Description

At the confluence of India’s three holy rivers--the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati--the Maha Kumbh Mela comes to life. Drawing approximately 100 million pilgrims to Allahabad over the course of 55 days, this great Hindu fair is the largest human gathering on the planet. For the main bathing days, 20 to 30 million people come to the Sangam, the holy bathing area where the rivers join, for a dip in the sacred waters.

About Photographer

Andy Richter (b. 1977) is a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working in editorial, non-profit and advertising photography. His work explores identity, personal transformation, culture and the sense of self. In recent years, he has worked on international projects like “Hearing Around the World”, “Oro Win” and “Youth Culture Taipei”. The intimate personal project, “Louise B. Moore” is about his grandmother who recently passed away at the age of 93 and their relationship in the last years of her life. His project about Childhood Obesity with Time Magazine looks at health, body consciousness, physical and emotional change. An avid yogi for years, Andy’s ongoing exploration of yoga is the next step, a personal journey into this transformative way of being. His clients include UNICEF, USAID, Adobe, Time, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Discover and Outside, among others. He is represented by Aurora Photos/Novus Select. Andy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Spanish and Psychology.