Photos: Sooni Taraporevala

Text: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi (curator)

These black and white images by Sooni Taraporevala are from the exhibition Home in the City, Bombay 1977- Mumbai 2017, ongoing at Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery.

Since 1977, Sooni Taraporevala has photographed the city in which she grew up. Her images, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view. Complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian, they celebrate the odd and the everyday, and provide a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities. Her photographs explore a metropolis that has shifted over four decades to become one of the most populous cities in the world. The works on display are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly and the landscape: a gentle mirror to culture and politics, with the secret sideways glance of a casual observer. 

This exhibition, organised in collaboration with Sunaparanta, Goa, is on view at Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery till 27 January

Image Copyright: Sooni Taraporevala

Image Courtesy: Sunaparanta