In her latest series of works, photographer Nina Manandhar has swapped the busy streets of London for the vibrant sun of Mexico City. The series, titled Reforma, follows a series of photos of TFL workers that Manandhar made for LAW Magazine which looked at street and public workwear.
After arriving in Mexico City, Manandhar couldn’t help but be inspired by the colourful uniforms worn by newspaper sellers. She explains: “From the first day that I arrived walking around the streets I noticed the news sellers with their emblazoned uniforms, you could hardly fail to notice the flash of colours in the Mexican sun, so made the time to shoot on them before I left. I like the way they have words and slogans all over their suits, they are like walking newspapers themselves. Everyone I approached was pretty open to being photographed and keen to show off their colours. It reminded me of 90s Benetton. It’s real streetwear for work: bright colours, layers and swag bags.”
It was Reforma, a newspaper sold by a particular group of sellers, that became her main inspiration and title for the series of works. After doing a little investigating, Manandha discovered that Reforma was originally sold on the streets because it was banned in 1994 for publishing more challenging and disruptive viewpoints. The paper has an ‘open journalism’ model, made up of editorial boards which contain members of the public alongside politicians and members of NGOs.
Photography: Nina Manandhar
Artist quote: It’s Nice That