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Raghubir Singh: Modernism on the Ganges

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 176
  • Illustrations: 134 in full color
  • Dimensions: 11'' x 9''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9781588396358



By Mia Fineman

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Photographs exhibition.

In the New York Times Magazine, critic Teju Cole offered this appreciation of the work of Indian-born photographer Raghubir Singh (19421999): "Singh gives us photographs charged with life: not only beautiful experiences or painful scenes but also those in-between moments of drift that make up most of our days."

This richly illustrated volume, the first in-depth study of Singh's work, situates it at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. A major practitioner of color street photography, Singh captured images that demonstrate the diverse culture of India. Raghubir Singh features over 100 of his photographsin counterpoint with the work of such influences as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Lee Friedlander and with images of traditional South Asian artworks that inspired his practiceproviding an extensive overview of the artist's career. With its vibrant plates and insightful essays, this publication brilliantly illustrates Cole's assessment that Singh's work draws "breathtaking coherence out of the chaos of the everyday."

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.

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