Raghubir Singh’s incredible images of India’s chaotic streets

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Published October 11, 2017

Though the late photographer Raghubir Singh lived at times in Hong Kong, Paris, and New York, it was the vibrant colors and cultural geography of his native India that informed much of his work. The retrospective “Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs,” open now at the Met Breuer, features 85 photographs that span Singh’s career, from images of rural and urban India in the late ’60s to unpublished projects from the late ’90s. As a counterpoint, the show will also include pieces by Singh’s contemporaries such as Lee Friedlander and Anish Kapoor, as well as Indian court paintings. The desired effect is to place his canon, as he once put it, “on the Ganges side of modernism, rather than the Seine or East River side of it.”

MODERNISM ON THE GANGES: RAGHUBIR SINGH PHOTOGRAPHS IS ON VIEW FROM OCTOBER 11, 2017 TO JANUARY 2, 2018 AT THE MET BREUER.