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Cyber City before it entered cyber space

Cyber City before it entered cyber space
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7504 W: 415 N: 14846] (68882)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1987-10
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 8:01
Viewed: 3234
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo from the large Indian city of Hyderabad in 1987. Several years later Hyderabad became such an important hub for the successful Indian IT industry that it gained the nickname of Cyberabad - Cyber City.

I guess places like this are still found in Hyderabad despite the presence of modern software companies in parts of the city. Different cultures and different ways of life tend to live side by side.

I will add another picture from Hyderabad in 1987 as a workshop. Most of you will probably not like it at all.

Here is a larger version of the official upload.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2014-05-06 8:08]

Hi Gert
Scan is extra sharp and colourful, and the scene depicts an Indian city corner quite well
Good job!

Hello Gert, very good view of this interesting scene of everyday life of the place, very well composed and good captured in this photograph. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Hello dear Gert,
Also this one from Hyderabad is very nice; with it's compo and many interesting details. Quite interesting the hairtail of the woman at right part. How long she may have worked on it ?
TFS and best regards

Hi Gert
well, i certainly didn't expect to see that sign in the WS photo! just think...the fact that they even HAD to put up that sign tells you alot!!!! yikes.

but as you say, it's a fairly common occurance, thats too bad.

but it does make for a wonderful real life cultural photo.

Personally i've never heard of this city before, maybe i'm showing my ignorance there?
I'm a big fan of the grunge and grime, so these type of city scenes appeal to me. and if you can capture brightly colored apparel than thats even better.

lots to keep me interested, scanning the scene from side to side. another fine post.

leaving for Istanbul, Athens, Santorini, Rome, Venice on thursday :)

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9196 W: 157 N: 14699] (120873)
  • [2014-05-06 10:35]

Witaj Gert!
Your archive is impressive!
Next excellent photo from daily life.
Interesting scene from street.
Good frame, colors and light.
Very well done.
Good evening

Bonsoir, Gert,
Trčs belle scčne de la vie quotidienne joliment mise en image.
Une photo reportage trčs réussie (le photographe a su se faire oublier).
J'aime beaucoup.

Ciao Gert
resto sempre pių affascinato dalle tue foto scattate in giro per il mondo e penso che ti possa ritenere una persona molto fortunata ad avere la possibilitā di conoscere tanti posti cosė interessanti, pur immaginando gli immensi disagi che hai dovuto sopportare.
Anche in questa un pezzo d'India molto particolare e ricco di colore e di vita di tutti i giorni che rimane ancora attuale.
Complimenti per l'ennesima volta.
Ciao e buona serata

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2014-05-06 12:12]

Hi Gert,
This scene looks superb attractive and original for me. I have never been in India so it is always great to see pictures from that colorful country. Beautifully seen and composed this street life scene. Well done!

Best wishes,

Kia ora Gert,
Another great photo from the archives. Tells its own story. When I look back at my photos now I wish I had taken a lot more, but then in those days we were always constrained by costs - & having to wait several weeks, maybe, for the results! Cheers, Neil

Hello Gert,
beautiful snapshot of daily life scene. Wonderfully executed. Lovely colors, perfect sharpness, clarity. Best regards, Barbara

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 692 W: 129 N: 1115] (7421)
  • [2014-05-06 20:18]

Hi Gert
I like this scene of the real daily life from the old days. The tricycle, baskets, goods and clothes of people are elements that enrich the composition.


Hi Gert
You have a very fine vignette of life in Hyderabad, one of the busiest cities in India and plenty to look at. Great capture and shooting point to see the hustle and bustle on foot, bikes etc. a typical bazaar scenario with touch of history too, people everywhere and lots of detail and colors to absorb. Interesting and informative capture. Excellent and tfs
Best regards

Hi Gert
Hyderabad has changed immensely since 1987. It is quite a big city now and as you rightly said, very tech oriented. But places like the one above are still there.
Had been there last week, Charminar and Golconda Fort as still as charming.
Loved the scan.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Hej Gert,
En intressant gatubild med ett myllrande folkliv och många detaljer, speciellt i byggnaden i bakgrunden.
Extrabilden är ju också mycket intressant, påminner mig om en skylt som stod någonstans vid fabriken hemma "Faen tar den som pesser här!"

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13440 W: 0 N: 15998] (166028)
  • [2014-05-07 2:33]


quelle compo et scčne de rue sueprbe ces personnage ce maisons ces étalages et échoppes sueprbe cpatage coloré animé mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao Gert
una foto molto realistica, sembra di sentire i rumori e gli odori di questo mercato.
Una foto sempre attuale anche se di molti anni fa.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9716 W: 144 N: 24403] (120003)
  • [2014-05-07 7:31]

Hi Gert, Unlike Craig, I not only heard about Hyderabad, I was there and you read about my experiences here . So I ma familiar with all that you show here and specially with WS. I love India, as you know, but I do not like one thing, the guys peeing everywhere. Not only in 1987 and not only in Hyderabad. Fantastic shot, I imagine I am there in this chaos. After I will show photos from Slovakia, Austria and Spain, maybe I find some time to show something from India archiv?
Have you seen "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"? I like this film very much. The action takes place in Jaipur.

WArm regrads MAlgo

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3188 W: 0 N: 7224] (53607)
  • [2014-05-07 9:00]

Superb, the scanned photo is very sharp, very nice street scene, colorful and lively, perfect details
regards Ryszard

Hi Gert, Great note about this cyber city in India. Technology change for better or for worse??? Who knows!
I like the original look of this corner of the city. It keeps the old fashion way of life style and people here seems happy with the situation. Great colours and light taken with an excellent angle. Thank for sharing

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • [2014-05-07 16:26]

Hi Gert,

My plans to search back through your gallery were pushed aside as soon as I read this title, I was instantly intrigued. Difficult to make a link between the text and imagery when it's this "old." :) And then I took a look at the WS and had a good laugh, this has turned into a terrific 2-for-1 photo! The response to such signage or warning is that "there's a reason it's there to begin with"....people have tried before!? I fully understand it's simply a language interpretation, but my mind actually views people handing off containers of urine to each other, which is what the city is apparently trying to stop from happening. haha

Because of it's significance, I would absolutely love to see how much this place has changed since 1987...has the IT boom made it more modern, or is life still the same as we see here? An image full of lively atmosphere and appeal, and one which looks great for its age. I get the impression that this would be a non-stop corner of activity. Enjoy the new day. All the best.

Friendly wishes,


Hello, Gert,
Well, nobody knew in 1987 that will be an Indian silicon valley. Although I think the most people have the same life style today too. I see the Shirdi word in the center. It is the famous city and temple in India.
Best wishes,

Hello Gert,
I love these oldies which you keep presenting. They show us the world which currently doesn't look the same any more. This street scene is full of life and business. Everyone seems to have purpose to hurry through the city. The mosaic of the colors, shapes and patterns makes the photo not only interesting but also quite cheerful.
Well captured and presented.
Thanks for sharing

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24045 W: 523 N: 40143] (172908)
  • [2014-05-08 3:35]

Hello Gert,

All your pictures are almost paintings with the same colours of the old paintings.
Your scanned picture are of high quality.
Sharpness and clarity are pefect.
Very well composition, TFS.

Have a nice day,

I wonder if this scene, the people and the store, has change much since you took this photo. Good documentation of the daily life of people with good details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Hola Gert

The WS made me laught, so indian custom that is present all over Mongolia, there are there expclusive walls, used also for women, on the hidden side
Just finish a book happening in Hyderabad taht cofirm your words, people works for modern companies but live in poor parts of the city
Good job, taken with great pov

Regards, tfs
Can believe that this plenty of color, contrast and mouvemenr post is 27 years old

Bonsoir Gert
Beau rendu des teintes qui rend bien l'ambiance de cette scčne de vie.Bonne pose naturelle de tous les personnages de ce lieu.L'image est soigneusement cadrée.
Bonne soirée

Dobro vece.
Interesantan tekst o mestu ..
Dobar rad sa fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc sa lepim secanjem na -1987.

Good evening.
An interesting article about the place ..
Good work with photography workshop, demonstrated good place and time.
Good evening and a beautiful night with beautiful memories of 1987.

Ciao Gert, lovely composition with beautiful animated scene, fantastic colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Gert,
I like very much the candidness and vividness of this street scene, the flow of daily movement in front of the very old buildings that are still in use. It's interesting to watch the people and try to figure out what brought them there. It's lovely to see the vivid colours against the characteristic neutral tones and mysterious shadows of the buildings. I'm afraid that, just this once, I don't like the workshop picture:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,

Hello Gert,
Attractive daily life picture and beautiful combination of a shopping street and remnants of old, interesting architecture.
I'm not surprised by the picture in the workshop. We must not forget that in India a lot of homeless people live in a densely populated urban area. BTW, in several European cities I've seen men urinating in places where they should not, including in one of the busiest shopping streets of Brussels. I was pleased when a shopkeeper came on the street to scold at that man.
Best regards, Paul

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2014-05-10 7:25]

Dear Gert,
this is a very beautiful impression of this popular place, accompanied by a nice note. I also like the title! You have captured daily life and living conditions at Hyderabad excellently. The colors make the image very attractive. My compliments!
Warm regards

Hello Gert

Beautiful bazaar scene from Hyderbad .It is much different as I have been there a couple of months back.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.


Hi Gert,

It seems like a movie scene. Wonderful moments and details here. Very well done my friend.



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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2014-05-12 10:18]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this market by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's intereting and impressive to see the store treating vegetables or miscellaneous goods and and the residents gathering around the circumference. It's also impressive in their traditional clothes. There, a brawny feeling of a life can be taken in. I am not surprised for photograph of WS, so there are portions of light and a shadow also in what country.

Kind regards,

Hello Gert

Another classic street scene, with that glowing Kodachrome! By the way, if I'd seen the sign in your workshop picture, I would definitely have taken the photograph!



Gert, this is a great scan, very clear with reasonable colors. It shows a nice street life scene, with the people shopping at the market right in front of an ancient building. In most places, such a building would be preserved, without bills posted, but not in India...Thanks.


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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3731 W: 2 N: 6087] (30960)
  • [2014-05-13 9:39]

Hello Gert,
Very good street shot , nice documentary photo.
Interesting scene of everyday life of the place.Colours and sharpness are perfect made.Excellent composition and perfect presentation.

i can not believe the pic is from 27 yeaes back . super quality and clarity.love the old world charm in the pic and the dodo elements

Hello Gert
another superb capture so full of colours and life! the old building makes a fantastic backdrop for the market scene with its people, vendors, rickshaw and the vegetable baskets. you managed superbly what looks like typical Indian scorching sunlight :).
thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
best regards

Firstly, I DO like the photo in the WS and am glad you included it. I may never go to Hyder/Cyderbad and certainly will not go back to 1987 so love to see those glimpses of distant places especially if they show something you won't find on Wikipedia or Google images!
It's a nice street photo where lots of things are happening at the same time, with many different objects and colours included in the frame. Never been there but I think you conveyed the atmosphere of the place very well.
Best wishes

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46933)
  • [2014-06-16 18:16]

Hi Gert!
A market and beautiful old architecture - perfect combination! This is an old and colourful daily scene with so many details.
I also like the Ws a lot and I guess it deserves to be a main post!

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6342] (28678)
  • [2014-06-28 23:53]

Hi Gert. Another treasure from the past with its own patina. The local shops, mixture of Hindus and Muslims, various modes of transport, ancient architecture- so much to take in. As for the workshop, hopefully the bladders and bowels will be relieved in more hygienic ways as the new prime minister has promised to build thousands of toilets across India. No more relieving oneself in stairways belonging to others.Regards. Klaudio.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2014-08-06 16:33]

Hello Gert,

I saw also your "Poland" and stop in India, maybe for more colors and saturation. Your wonderful history, friend, your true painting!

So glad to meet you from time to time!


Hej Gert,

igen en stor gata foto. En mycket intressant scen med härliga färger och stor skärpa.

Bilden talar för sig själv och har man tillräckligt fantasi kan den berätta många historier.

Ha en bra vecka


Hello Gert,
In 1987 the great technical era and internet was just emerging, the change made the whole world looks different.
A photo from an outdoor market where merchandise displayed under a beautiful edifice that its grandeur days were already over. Colorful and very dynamic scene.
Photojob superbly done, preserved and scanned .
Have a nice weekend,

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