Although he lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London and spent significant time in New York throughout his career, Raghubir Singh (1942-1999) dedicated his career to photographing his native India. Singh worked at the intersection of western modernism and traditional South Asian perspectives. He was influenced by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom he met in Jaipur in 1966, befriended William Gedney to whom he dedicated his second book on Calcutta (a small exhibition of Gedney’s work in India will accompany the exhibition), and traveled and photographed with Lee Friedlander. He pioneered color photography at a time when it was unpopular in the west, using it to great advantage to show the vibrant intensity of the country’s culture, traditions, and religion. Today Singh’s portrait of India during pivotal decades of social and political change is considered unique and unmatched.
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 E 57th St New York, NY 10022 USA
October 26, 2017 to December 09, 2017