The Idol-makers of Kumartoli, India

An artisan works on semi-finished clay statues of Hindu deities in Kumartoli, the idol-makers’ village of Kolkata, India, on August 22. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images)

An artisan at work in Kumartoli. Ongoing monsoon rain has made it difficult for the artisans to finish their idols on schedule, with the recent economic slowdown and high inflation adding to the difficulties of the idol-makers ahead of the festive season. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images)

Artisans work on clay statues of the Hindu goddess Durga. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images)

An artisan works on a statue of the Hindu goddess Durga. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images)

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