A collection of images by Raghubir Singh, focusing on the Kerala area of India. Singh (1942-1999) was a self-taught Indian photographer, best known for his documentary-style, small-format street photography of the people of India. He was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom he met in 1966, and Robert Frank, but unlike them, he chose to work in color–color being intrinsic to Indian aesthetics.
Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (1 Nov. 1986)
About The Photographer
Born in Jaipur in 1942, Raghubir Singh was a self-taught photographer who worked in India and lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, where he passed away in 1999. In the 1960s he dropped out of college to become a professional photographer. In the early years of his career, Singh photographed for international magazines. However, his style rapidly departed from photojournalism. Starting with his first book Ganga (1974), Singh insisted on the use of colour at a time when colour photography was still marginal in art circles. His photographs document the socio-political and cultural changes undergoing Indian society in the key decades spanning the late 1960s to the late 1990s. While the city of Calcutta was one of his first inspirations, Singh focused on Bombay in the early 1990s at a time of radical economic and political transformation. Over the course of his prolific career Singh published 13 photo books and drew a unique portrait of his country that has few equivalents in scope and ambition.