Rodin Rahman, from Assam, our final year student from the 3 years integrated photography program always walks the extra-mile when pursuing his passion – photography. He used his vacation break photo-documenting a tea estate in his home State.
Assam is the second largest producer of tea in the world after China. Tea, which grows wild was first commercially introduced in 1823 by Charles Alexander Bruce a Scottish adventurer, who is called the father of Indian tea. There are 765 tea estates and one smaller garden that together produce 550 millions kgs of tea a year. The first Indian tea produced in Assam was sent to the United Kingdom for public sale in 1838.
There are seven steps involved in the making of fresh tea namely Plucking, Withering, Fixing, Oxidation, Rolling, Drying, and Ageing.
These photographs are of the Phulbari Tea Estate, District Sonitpur which was established in 1890. Phulbari produces 1 million and 590 thousand kgs of tea a year which is sold to England and Ireland via the Gauhati Tea Auction Centre.
To see more of Rodin’s work follow him on Instagram @rodinrahmanphotographer