A Celebration of Independence, 1947 to 1997

Book - 1997
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The year 1997 marks the fiftieth anniversary of India's independence from Great Britain. In commemoration of this event, Aperture presents "India: A Celebration of Independence, 1947-1997, which accompanies a major touring exhibition of the same title. Together, the exhibition and this book constitute an unprecedented gathering of the most significant photographs to be made in India over the past five decades-- the culmination of a quest to capture the country's essence visually, and to depict the uniquely deep and complex love that binds both native-born and foreign artist to India for a lifetime. The book explores what author Victor Anant, in his stirring essay, refers to as an India that "lives outside time, in a kind of space that has never been usurped by alien forces": a nation that has always had a fiercely independent spirit, an identity that is both steeped in tradition and constantly evolving.
"India: A Celebration of Independence features exquisite black-and-white duotone as well as four-color reproductions of the work of twenty-three photographers. Opening with the work of the great Indian photojournalist Sunil Janah, who witnessed and chronicled the fitful birth of India's democracy, the book also features powerful images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, taken during his numerous visits to India, a country he calls "a haven of the heart." Also included are a number of breathtaking images by Sebastiao Salgado, who has produced indelible photographic tableaux of the Indian working communities. Embracing many regions and people from all walks of life, the compelling photographs by Raghu Rai represent a convergence of the traditional with the modern, and exhibit his love andprofound understanding of his native India.
Among the most prominent younger Indian photographers is Dayanita Singh, whose intimate black-and-white images reveal a keen awareness of a changing cultural identity in her country. Pamela Singh's work compares some of the trad
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Aperture, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780893817183
Branch Call Number: 954 INDIA
Characteristics: 223 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 x 31 cm.


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