Raghubir Singh (Hardcover)

Modernism on the Ganges

By Mia Fineman, Partha Mitter (Contributions by), Amit Chaudhuri (Contributions by), Shanay Jhaveri (Contributions by)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9781588396358, 176pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

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Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a pioneer of color street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999 at age 56.  His vivid, intensely hued photographs capture rural and urban India and iconic depictions of Indian culture though a truly cosmopolitan approach that succeeded in blending East and West.  This richly illustrated volume studies in depth the full breadth of Singh’s work, situating it at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world.  The book showcases 90 of his photographs, including some previously unpublished images, in counterpoint both with the work of his contemporaries and with images of traditional South Asian artworks that inspired his practice.

About the Author

Mia Fineman is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amit Chaudhuri is an award-winning novelist and critic. Shanay Jhaveri is assistant curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Partha Mitter is an independent author and historian and emeritus professor of art history at the University of Sussex.