Tasveer - Art Gallery, Sua House 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
to Wed, Aug 26
Produced as part of Tasveer’s 10th anniversary celebrations, this exhibition includes a selection of works from over thirty photographers, including internationally acclaimed seminal photojournalists such as James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado, Steve McCurry and Raghu Rai, to name but a few. Enabled by Deepak Puri’s generous donation to MAP (the Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore) of one of the most important archives of twentieth century journalism in the country, this exhibition will make the collection available to public view for the first time.
Of the virtuoso, tales of whose exploits fill books and still circulate in high-powered circles around the world, Pico Iyer writes, ‘...the only person on the planet who can make mountains move—and, in the process, bring them to Mohammed: the general manager of the Time-Life News Service’s South Asia bureau for more than 30 years and its iconic photo editor, Deepak Puri.’
Representing the heart of Time Asia for a whole host of people, Deepak Puri was a wizard who made the impossible real, and ensured that the world saw the work of many photographic geniuses. Famed for both his miraculous abilities and warmth, Deepak Puri’s collection of photographs that includes the work of some of the best practitioners of the documentary aesthetic, is a sign of both friendship and gratitude to a true legend who enabled their work and touched their lives.
This exhibit brings together a range of images made historically
momentous not only by their content, but also their style; emphasising the role of photographs as socio-historical documents, they highlight the power of the still image and its affinity for story-telling — that cornerstone of the best of photojournalism.