Capturing the Colorful Style of Punjab, India

“People in Punjab wear very bright, vibrant colors,” said Mark Hartmann, a photographer who spent the month of March in India.CreditMark Hartman for The New York Times

What keeps Mr. Hartman going back — this was his fifth trip — is his fascination with taking pictures of the Nihang Sikhs. This time, he spent most of his days posted outside the Golden Temple, the highest place of pilgrimage in Sikhism, as well as at the train station in Amritsar and the market in Chandigarh.

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Mr. Hartman was immediately drawn to the woman, above, at the Amritsar train station for the patterns on her sari. “She was with a group of other women that had the same kind of saris,” he said.

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The above scene is common at the Golden Temple, Mr. Hartman said, where crowds of people circle the temple listening to the Gurbani Kirtan as a form of meditation and prayer. Around the Golden Temple, people were dressed more modestly and traditionally out of respect for the sacred place.

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At the marketplace, however, the photographer saw more modern dress. Mr. Hartman found this man in Chandigarh. “It was kind of surprising to see someone with more flamboyant style, kind of rockabilly style in Punjab,” he said. The photographer added that he saw more tattoos on people this trip than during his first trip to India, in 2014.

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These two men were shopping at the Chandigarh market with their families when the photographer spotted them. “I just love the bright colored turbans,” he said.

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This is a portrait of a recent bride at the train station. When you see women with this type of bangles, Mr. Hartman said, “it means they were just married.”

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Colorful head scarves at the Golden Temple.

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