This project unravels the history of the Sabarmati River through photography-archives collected from various sources. In doing so, it seeks to inform and infuse introspection amongst the city’s residents, policy makers, and a wider audience on its importance in the state of Gujarat. The river has remained integral to the lives of people of the region since the 11th century, when one of the earliest recorded settlements was formed beside it. As the primary provider of water for the communities, and a source for the aquifers in the region, this river has also facilitated several activities, occupations, trades, livelihoods, and has offered seasonal rhythms to the inhabitants of the city. The project includes a visual archive of the river in the last 90 years through NID Archives, photographers, photo studios in Ahmedabad, architects, artists and visitors to the city. This visual archive may not only reflect on the city’s past, but also question the challenges posed by the unbridled urbanisation and concretisation in the name of the development.
Keywords: Ahmedabad, archives, photographs, river, Sabarmati