Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty . Max Pinckers



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Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty is the project that developed out of these initial thoughts. It focuses on honour-based violence in India; in particular, the attacks on women and men who fall in love, or have a relationship against their family’s will. Honour-based violence used to be limited to rural areas, but it is expanding into large cities due to the rise in extreme religious and political groups. One organisation fighting this violence is the Love Commandos, a voluntary group that originally formed to protect couples who celebrate Valentine’s Day from attack by extremists.

“I had heard of the Love Commandos and approached them to make a story. They are a small team of five guys based in Delhi that provide assistance to couples who are in love but face family opposition – mainly due to caste or religion. In India most people still have arranged marriages, but young people do fall in love and run away together. The main function of the Love Commandos is to allow people to do this in safety and in accordance with Indian law. Part of their mission is to prevent honour killings from happening. They take in young couples and provide protection, and sometimes they send in people to rescue couples who are at risk. There are eight shelters in New Delhi and one in Mumbai, and they have 50,000 volunteers, many of whom have been helped by the Love Commandos themselves.”


Max Pinckers (born in Brussels, 1988) earned his BA and MFA in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; FotoMuseum, Antwerp; L’Escale, Levallois, France; and Flanders Center, Osaka, Japan, among others. He has self-published four books: Rheum (2013), The Fourth Wall and Mamihlapinatapai (2012), and Lotus (2011). In 2013, he was nominated by Martin Parr for Best Photobook at the International Fotobookfestival in Kassel, Germany, and was a finalist in the 2013 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014)

Self published by Max Pinckers

Softcover with flaps

210 x 290 mm

232 pages

140 color photographs

Full colour offset

Edition of 1000

ISBN 9789081971515

“In Max Pinckers’ brilliantly rendered photographs, all the world’s a stage and Pinckers is the stage director. But like the best theater, what matters in Pinckers’ pictures isn’t the technique behind the theatrics, but the comic drama of humanity." Alec Soth

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