As photography becomes the new buzzword in the art world, Indian photography, in particular, 20th century Indian photography, is going places. Tasveer Gallery will be traveling to Paramount Studios in the US to participate in Paris Photo LA (April 25th-April 27th), among the few fairs dedicated to contemporary fine art photography.
Paris Photo held its 17th edition at the Grand Palais in Paris last year. This is its second US edition. Tasveer, the only South Asian gallery to participate, will showcase 30 works by four photographers.
The major signatures include the late Norman Parkinson, a British portrait and fashion photographer, who had documented post-colonial India. His best work was for the British Vogue in the early ’50s, when Parkinson documented Western fashion styles against the backdrop of Indian architectural monuments and scenic locations such as Dal Lake and the City Palace, Jaipur. “India has a rich visual heritage, which is rarely seen internationally,” says Nathaniel Gaskell, Creative Director, Tasveer Gallery.
Another collection is British photographer Derry Moore’s, Evening Ragas series, which started in 1976 and includes portraits, landscapes and interiors. Among the Indian masters are painter and printmaker Jyoti Bhatt, who has spent decades documenting the dying folk art traditions of villages in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
The contemporary segment is spearheaded by German photographer Karen Knorr’s series India Song, which started in 2008. Knorr uses digital techniques to insert images of animals and birds into photographs of historical monuments and other unconventional environments. Instances include a white tiger resting regally on silk bolsters in a gilded palace or a bull amid the painted arches of a hall.