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