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A Taxi Driver, Calcutta, West Bengal

Artist:
Raghubir Singh (Indian, 1942–1999)
Date:
1987
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
25.4 x 37.4 cm (10 x 14 3/4 in.) Frame: 18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.1280
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph copyright © Succession Raghubir Singh
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 2
Born into an aristocratic family in Jaipur, 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, however, Singh worked exclusively in color, often composing his images with a graphic complexity akin to that of Mughal miniatures. Singh's prolific career was cut short when he died in 1999 at the age of fifty-eight.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in ink on print verso Ll: "Taxi driver and pedestrian argue, Chitpur Road, Calcutta copyright (c) 1987 by Raghubir Singh"
Aperture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Street," March 5, 2013–May 27, 2013.

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