Spotlight on India’s Raghubir Singh

Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta, 1987
Taxi Driver and Pedestrian Argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta, 1987, printed 1991. Raghubir Singh (Indian, 1942–1999). Chromogenic print; 10 x 14 3/4 in. (25.4 x 37.4 cm). Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991 (1991.1280). © Raghubir Singh

In its March 2000 issue, Art in America reviews a posthumous exhibit of work by Raghubir Singh, saying that, “As personal as his photographs undoubtedly are, Singh’s mise-en-scènes are nation-scaled and highly variable …”

The six-page, in-depth article takes a look at the color photography Singh created in his prolific career.

“It could become, for India, what Robert Frank’s The Americans has been in this country,” writes P.C. Smith.

The exhibit was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, which hosted the show 23 January 1999 through 2 May 1999.

Singh’s 13th and last book, River of Color: The India of Raghubir Singh, was published shortly before his death last April.