A different frame of mind
A new exhibition brings together seminal works by photojournalists from the 1970s to contemporary times
From a photograph by Sebastião Salgado capturing the coal workers in Dhanbad to a TS Satyan frame showcasing a Holi bath in Bidar, Karnataka, gaze at works by globally acclaimed photojournalists as part of an exhibit titled, Legacy Of Photojournalism: The Deepak Puri Collection that opens to public tomorrow. Produced as part of Tasveer’s tenth anniversary celebrations, the exhibit has been organised in collaboration with MAP (Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru).
Holi Bath, Bidar, Karnataka, 1972 by TS Satyan
Considered one of the most important archives of 20th century journalism in the country, these photographs are part of a larger collection that belonged to Deepak Puri, the iconic photo editor of the Time-Life News Service’s South Asia bureau, who donated it to MAP last year. The frames in the collection, chosen and shared by the photographers themselves, have been gifts to Puri, in gratitude of their relationship with him. While the collection includes around 200 works by James Nachtwey, Zana Briski, Samantha Appleton, Pablo Bartholomew, Raghu Rai and Raghubir Singh, a selection of 30 has been culled out for the exhibition, which will be available for public viewing for the first time.
Naga Sadhus at the Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, 2001, by Prashant Panjiar/Outlook
From war-affected or famine-affected regions to everyday moments and people from all walks of life, the black-and-white and coloured images (from India and abroad) cover a vast time frame, from 1970s to contemporary times.
Monsoon Downpour in Delhi, 1984, by Raghu Rai. Pics Courtesy/The Deepak Puri Collection/MAP
“The exhibition celebrates the significance of photojournalism, particularly in a time before the advent of the Internet, and the continuing power of the still image in the telling of stories and the sharing of experience. It’s also a tribute to the behind-the-scenes processes and people who shaped the legacy, such as Deepak Puri, who made so much of the work of these photographers possible, and enabled their photographs to see the light of day,” says Shilpa Vijayakrishnan, press liaison at Tasveer.
The Dalai Lama in meditation, Dharamshala, 1997, by Diane Barker
The organisers will also release a new publication that will serve as a catalogue and a commemoration of the donation, featuring additional reproductions from the larger museum collection.
Kanchipuram #647, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012, by Kenro Izu
From: April 29 to May 26, 11 am to 6 pm (Sunday closed)
At: TARQ, F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, Colaba.