The first dog show in India was held in 1896. These dog shows flourished under the British colonial elite and later, the Indian Aristocracy – mainly the Maharajas of Jind and Patiala. These led to the modern dog show as we recognise it organised by the Kennel Club of India.
As a child, Vaid used to go to these dog shows but over the course of time these visits gradually stopped. Vaid says he started this project to reconcile those memories with what is happening today at dog shows. For participants today, Vaid reveals, it’s a highly competitive game with usually no prize money. Breeding a prized dog, however, can lead to huge financial returns when customers buy these dogs.
Karan Vaid is a photographer based in New Delhi, India. He has received the first prize in the Invisible Photographer Asia Street Photography Contest in 2011 and has been nominated to the Joop Swart Masterclass twice. His work has been published in Motherland, Sunday Guardian, Galli Magazine amongst others.
Best In Show is part of the exhibitions line-up of this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival opening on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.