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September 15, 2015

You Aren’t A Photo Junkie If You Haven’t Seen These

Text by Huzan Tata

Photo lovers, delve into the world of Raghubir Singh’s striking images at a group show in Mumbai

Fans of photography world be familiar with the name Raghubir Singh. In the 1970s world, where the camera-savvy were still in love with black and white, Singh pioneered the use of colour in photography. Now, one can see his works at Conversations in Colour, a show curated by Shanay Jhaveri in Mumbai, and organised in collaboration with Singh’s estate. Admire Singh’s lesser-known works, from Kashmir and Rajasthan to the streets of Bombay and Calcutta. Also on display are recent works by renowned photographers, Sooni Taraporevala, Ram Rahman and Ketaki Sheth.

Artist Profiles

Raghubir Singh A pioneer of colour photography in the 1970s, Singh was highly influenced by Western street photography. He produced 13 books during his lifetime, and his images have appeared in Life, The New York Times, Stern and National Geographic. Singh passed away in 1999.

Sooni Taraporevala Photographer, director and screenwriter, the Mumbai-born artiste has written the screenplays of The Namesake, Mississippi Masala, and the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay. Taraporevala has also published a coffee-table book, Parsis: the Zoroastrians of India – A Photographic Journey.

Ram Rahman Photographer, designer, curator and activist, Rahman, who shared a great friendship with Raghubir Singh, is one of the founding members of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT). He lives and works in New Delhi.

Ketaki Sheth Mentored by Raghubir Singh, Sheth began her career in the 1980s. Influenced by photographers Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander and Helen Levitt among others, she has authored the coffee-table book Twinspotting: Patel Twins in Britain and India.

Conversations in Colour is on display at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2 Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road) until October 2, 2015.

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