Photos: The Met Breur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Text: Mia Fineman

Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a pioneer of colour street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999 at age 56. Born into an aristocratic family in Rajasthan, Singh resided in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York—but his lifelong subject was his native India. The fall 2017 retrospective at The Met Breuer, Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, will situate Singh’s photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. It will feature 85 photographs by Singh in counterpoint with the work of his contemporaries—friends, collaborators, fellow travelers—and with examples of Indian court painting styles that inspired him.

The exhibition is organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh.

The show is on view at The Met Breuer, New York till 2 January 2018


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