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Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

Boy at Bus Stop, 1982
Photo: Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh

Royal Ontario Museum

Modernism on the Ganges

One of India's most visionary and celebrated pioneers in colour photography, Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a prolific photographer whose creative style revealed the dramatic palette of India’s streets, places and peoples through a distinct lens. Tracing the full trajectory of his career from the late 1960s to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s, this exhibition showcases the iconic depictions of Indian life and culture in vivid colour.

With India as his lifelong subject, Singh’s artistic vision was at the intersection of East and West; where Western modernism blended with traditional South Asian modes of seeing and representing the world. Using a handheld camera and slide film, Singh’s approach to composition, subject, framing, and lighting, coupled with his embrace of colour presented a unique Indian style of modernist photography that was, as he put it, "on the Ganges side of modernism."

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh.

Founded in 1914, the ROM showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens. Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.



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Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queens Park

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.