NH5 - Edition I

Book Details:
140 pages
Copy Paper
42cm x 29.7cm
ISZN 98778111569
First Edition January 2017
Published by Gareth Phillips

NH5, or to use its previous name, The Old Hindustan Tibet Road, is a precipitous and treacherous roadway located in the Western Indian Himalaya. It connects the former British Hill Station of Shimla to the India-China border post of Shipki La. It was originally part of an ancient trade route and was commandeered and developed by the British in 1850 as a way of improving trade links to the Indo-Chinese hinterlands. Although the fractious border between India and China is now closed, NH5 is a vital lifeline to this border region, facilitating daily commutes for locals and tourists, the distribution of agricultural & consumer commodities, and it is integral to the construction of hydroelectric and military establishments that populate the region. Due to the fragile nature of its surrounding mountain environment, the road is in a perpetual state of destruction and renewal.

NH5, Edition I, is a photobook that shows the ‘constructive’ and ‘destructive’ nature of this road. Using sculptural cut out pages and composite sequences that mimic the architecture along the road, the book highlights the road environments danger, beauty and fragility.