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Documentary | Madan-Mahatta : the Memory Maker

"An 8 year-old boy was given a box camera instead of toys to play with and this inspired a life-long fascination of watching the world through the camera. Today, at 80, Madan Mahatta shares his passion for photography through this film. The inner world of this man of few words opens out with the help of his wife, Usha Mehta and photographer friends, Ram Rehman and Dayanita Singh, and through a historic exhibition of his work that captures the making of modern Delhi."

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Exhibition at Photoink Gallery | Kashmir by Amit Mehra

Exhibition at Photoink Gallery | Kashmir by Amit Mehra | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

It’s a photograph of a hotel. Once a thriving, buzzing hotel in Gulmarg, now empty and silent. The picture is taken through a window. The next image is that of a boy with flutes in the foreground, also through a window. A tailor, also seen through a window, examines a needle and thread. Through a door, a window, or barbed wire—each picture has been captured from a distance; perhaps a distance as great as the Kashmiri reality is from the rest of the country.

 

Photograph by Amit Mehra

Article by Shreya Ray | LiveMint

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Exhibition in Delhi | Madan Mahatta’s Photographs Document the Birth of Modern Delhi’s Architecture

Exhibition in Delhi | Madan Mahatta’s Photographs Document the Birth of Modern Delhi’s Architecture | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Every now and then a show comes along that compels us to challenge our conception of the contemporary history of photography in India. In the last few years, since the space for photography has expanded, a range of photo archives have been pulled out from storage and have found a place on gallery walls and collectors' homes. The photography community was most recently reintroduced to the work of photographers like Umrao Sher-Gil, Lala Deen Dayal, Kulwant Roy, Homai Vyarawala, and Richard Bartholomew all of whose legacy has been reinstated thanks to the efforts of family members, curators, and gallerists. The few whose works are yet to be revisited in the form of an exhibition have been kept in public memory by photographer Ram Rahman through his series of talks on “The Forgotten Histories” of Indian photography. Through his presentations, Rahman has been adamantly reminding the photography community about photographers like his architect father Habib Rahman, Sunil Janah, and many others whose contribution to the evolution of Indian photography cannot possibly be ignored. Most of the photographers Rahman alludes to have passed away, but some, like Madan Mahatta are very much around, and yesterday, a show of his work opened at Delhi’s Photoink to much critical acclaim. Curated by Rahman, “Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta” showcases about 70 photographs taken by Mahatta from the 50s until the mid-80s, documenting the modern architectural history of post-Independent India..."

Article by Roselyne D'Mello | ArtInfo 

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Exhibition at PhotoInk, Delhi | 'Sleepers' by Dhruv Malhotra

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Exhibition at PhotoInk, Delhi | 'Chandigarh: Portrait of a City' by Manuel Bougot

Exhibition at PhotoInk, Delhi | 'Chandigarh: Portrait of a City' by Manuel Bougot | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Manuel Bougot’s interest in Le Corbusier’s architecture began in the 1980s when he worked on Caroline Maniaque’s thesis in architecture – on the Jaoul Houses, built in 1954, in Neuilly, France. From 2006 onwards, Bogout renewed his interest in Le Corbusier, attending talks on Chandigarh and photographed the only building the architect ever built for himself – a cabanon (a summer cabin) in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The desire to photograph Chandigarh thus became imperative to further any understanding of Le Corbusier, the urban designer, and his philosophy about architecture and modernism."

 

Photograph by Manuel Bougot.

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ShaluSharma's comment, September 18, 2012 5:59 AM
Interesting one.