Sunday, January 14, 2007

Raghubir Singh (1942-1999)

One of my discoveries in India was the work of photographer Raghubir Singh. His images are a profound exploration of the human condition in an Indian context. He captures the complex yet poetic intimacy of public space in India - how many bodies are closely entwined and yet involved in different activities within a tiny space of the world - a modern equivalent of Hogarth's sketches of pre-Victorian London over two hundred and fifty years ago. His work is a hymn to the visual chaotic harmony that is India. A collection of his work published by Phaidon is well worth the expense.


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