July 21 through to October 21, 2018, following its run at The Met Breuer in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh in Paris, this retrospective presents the visionary works of late photographer Raghubir Singh (1942-1999), who pioneered the use of colour film to document the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural scenes of India from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Born in Rajasthan, Raghubir Singh (1942-1999) lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York, but his lifelong subject was India. He began his career in photojournalism, publishing work in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. He would go on to develop his considerable skill as a fine art photographer, focusing on the rich and vibrant street life of India. Singh’s dramatic use of colour and complex compositions combines elements of Western modernism and traditional South Asian art to tell powerful stories about India’s people and landscapes. His masterful use of Kodachrome film and flash sets Singh apart from photographers of that era, most of whom favoured black and white photography. His adoption of fine-grained 35mm slide film allowed Singh to create images of vivid yet naturalistic chromatic profile.
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