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Chess Players, Monsoon Floods, Benares, Uttar Pradesh

Artist:
Raghubir Singh (Indian, 1942–1999)
Date:
1967, printed 1991
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
25.4 x 37.8 cm (10 x 14 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.1282
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph copyright © Succession Raghubir Singh
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 2
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, however, Singh worked exclusively in color, often composing his images with a graphic complexity akin to that of Mughal miniatures.
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