Raghubir Singh retrospective in New York

  • Indo-Asian News Service, PTI, New York
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  • Updated: Sep 29, 2004 19:39 IST

The works of celebrated India-born photographer Raghubir Singh will be displayed at a marathon three month long retrospective in New York from Thursday.

Sepia International, The Alkazi Collection of Photography, in Chelsea, New York, is hosting the exhibition that will showcase 45 images.

Singh, who died in 1999, was considered internationally one of the great photographers of his generation and a pioneer of colour photography.

Singh, who had photos published in Life and The New York Times while still a student at Delhi University, met at the age of 24 Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French master of news photography whose work transcends ephemeral journalism to become works of art.

Cartier-Bresson became a role model for the young Singh, but his admiration did not stop Singh from embracing colour photography -- Cartier-Bresson favoured black and white -- and shunning the news of the day to portray timeless subjects.

Just as some painters are known for the regions they loved to paint, Singh is known for his sensuously spiritual images of the Ganges, the Grand Trunk Road and the Hindustan Ambassador automobile.

He loved the enormous melange of peoples and cultures that make up India, its camels and carpets, temples and forts, scooter riders and monsoon floods. But he was not sentimental, photographing cruelty of nature and man with as deep an attention to form and space as with any other subject.


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