Photographer Jagdish Agarwal has been taking pictures for over four decades now — long enough to see the city undergo a stark evolution; in some cases, several times over. And if it weren’t for his insistence on capturing them in grayscale, many may not even have lasted till this day. “My work has been preserved only because it’s in black and white,” insists Agarwal, who started his career in 1967, but only published his first image in a magazine in 1971.
His current exhibit in the city celebrates 40 years of the second event, and features 108 images displayed as triptychs (three pictures taken at different locations during different times), placed together to interpret the evolution of the city over time. The collection, called ‘40 years of love with black and white photography’, spans all three galleries at the Jehangir Art Gallery – a rare honour for senior artists. Agarwal’s pictures are also on sale in collector’s boxes, customised montages and a book consisting of all the works on display.