“Modernism on the Ganges” is the photography exhibit of Raghubir Singh, a pioneer of street color photography. Born in a privileged Rajasthan family he lived in Europe and New York being exposed to the work of the famous Western photographers.
In the brochure of the exhibit it is stated that he was “…deeply influenced by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson (whom he met in Jaipur in 1966), Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray, and American street photographers such as William Gedney and Lee Friedlander.” Many of these photographers visited India and created there substantial bodies of work.
No matter that Singh lived extensively abroad he returned many times in his native country where he created an astounding body of work that describes the spectacular photographic paradise that is India, as interesting today as in his time.
The exhibit shows about 85 of his photographs in counterpoint with photos by Cartier-Bresson, Friedlander, etc taken also in India. Beside the exhibited body of work the photo albums he published during his life time are available for viewing depicting the same fascinating world.
The exhibit is hosted by the Met Brewer, the new wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in the old Whitney building on Madison Avenue and will run till January 2, 2018.