Photos: Snatches from Sohrab Hura’s photo book ‘The Levee’

UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:57 PM IST
The Levee is not a documentary account of political events or a particular social issue. Rather, it is a photographic response to being in a specific time and place, which embraces the complex effects of human perspective and includes the layered, interpenetrating nature of emotion and point of view. (Sohrab Hura)
Sohrab Hura’s photo book also reveals a journey made by his father on a cargo ship up the Mississippi and opens with a series of snapshots taken by Hura’s father. As Hura makes his own journey decades later, the landscapes and portraits in ‘The Levee’ travel along the Mississippi River from its confluence with the Ohio to the far reaches of the delta in Louisiana. (Sohrab Hura)
Building on metaphor and personal themes of longing and connection, Sohrab Hura finds a world that looks him in the eye, holds him at the threshold, and buoys up with unlikely tenderness and hope. (Sohrab Hura)
Hura’s trip along the lower Mississippi coincided with a contentious moment in American politics and social discourse, when the American South was much in the news. (Sohrab Hura)
Hura’s father’s photographs were all made from the ship he was on. That was his glimpse of America. Hura’s photographs, however, came out of a road trip he made in 2016. The photographer’s journey became a metaphor for a difficult, often distant relationship with a father who was physically and emotionally out of reach. (Sohrab Hura)
Sohrab Hura’s spring 2016 trip with the Postcards group was a timely examination of the South, a region that has often been represented in photography, yet remains the object of romanticization and stereotype, as mentioned in the note by the Cincinnati Art Museum that exhibited Hura’s work earlier this year. (Sohrab Hura)
“Be careful,” my father had written to me, writes Sohrab Hura in ‘The Levee.’ “It’s supposed to be unsafe out there,” words interspersed with photographs from the cargo ship that Hura’s father was working on as he made his way up the Mississippi river to the port right outside New Orleans. “The America I found on the way was not quite the same as the one that my father had imagined,” wrote Hura of his journey. (Sohrab Hura)

The Levee is not a documentary account of political events or a particular social issue. Rather, it is a photographic response to being in a specific time and place, which embraces the complex effects of human perspective and includes the layered, interpenetrating nature of emotion and point of view. (Sohrab Hura)

Sohrab Hura’s photo book also reveals a journey made by his father on a cargo ship up the Mississippi and opens with a series of snapshots taken by Hura’s father. As Hura makes his own journey decades later, the landscapes and portraits in ‘The Levee’ travel along the Mississippi River from its confluence with the Ohio to the far reaches of the delta in Louisiana. (Sohrab Hura)

Building on metaphor and personal themes of longing and connection, Sohrab Hura finds a world that looks him in the eye, holds him at the threshold, and buoys up with unlikely tenderness and hope. (Sohrab Hura)

Hura’s trip along the lower Mississippi coincided with a contentious moment in American politics and social discourse, when the American South was much in the news. (Sohrab Hura)

Hura’s father’s photographs were all made from the ship he was on. That was his glimpse of America. Hura’s photographs, however, came out of a road trip he made in 2016. The photographer’s journey became a metaphor for a difficult, often distant relationship with a father who was physically and emotionally out of reach. (Sohrab Hura)

Sohrab Hura’s spring 2016 trip with the Postcards group was a timely examination of the South, a region that has often been represented in photography, yet remains the object of romanticization and stereotype, as mentioned in the note by the Cincinnati Art Museum that exhibited Hura’s work earlier this year. (Sohrab Hura)

“Be careful,” my father had written to me, writes Sohrab Hura in ‘The Levee.’ “It’s supposed to be unsafe out there,” words interspersed with photographs from the cargo ship that Hura’s father was working on as he made his way up the Mississippi river to the port right outside New Orleans. “The America I found on the way was not quite the same as the one that my father had imagined,” wrote Hura of his journey. (Sohrab Hura)

About The Gallery

The Levee is a book of photographs by Sohrab Hura, in which the artist explores themes of connection, perspective and place. The landscapes and portraits in the book trace Hura’s travel along the Mississippi River from its confluence with the Ohio to the far reaches of the delta in Louisiana. Hura, who lives and works primarily in India, made the pictures on a road trip he took in 2016 while participating in a loosely collaborative documentary project called 'Postcards from America.'

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