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


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.