Born into an aristocratic family in Jaipur, India, Singh lived and worked in Paris, London, and New York, but his lifelong subject as a photographer was the vibrant culture and landscape of modern India. With its emphasis on visual surprise and spontaneity, Singh's work belongs to the tradition of small-format street photography pioneered by such artists as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Unlike many of his European counterparts, Singh worked exclusively in color, often composing his images with a graphic complexity akin to that of Mughal miniatures. This photograph, with its motley collection of urban details thrust into perfect balance by the camera, is typical of Singh's breathtaking visual dexterity.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in ink verso at edge LL: "Subhas Chandra Bose Statue, Five-Point Crossing 1987 (c) Raghubir Singh// Calcutta"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 39," December 23, 2004–April 17, 2005.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," May 15, 2007–September 3, 2007.