India Now “New Visions in Photography”
India recently celebrated sixty years of independence and has become a great economic power, yet its image is still all too often limited to colourful clichés of brightly coloured saris and postcards of the Taj Mahal.
Since the turn of the millennium, a new generation of photographers, immune to the drug of exoticism, has begun to tackle progress, and the problems generated by the countrys economic, social and cultural transformation. These new observers go to the very roots of their immediate environment:? individualist consumerism, the new prosperity, the urban setting, sexuality and, above all, the family.
To sweep away our preconceived ideas this book presents images by Indian and Western photographers, both internationally renowned artists and rising talents, who focus their gaze on India today. Intimate images, urban settings, a burgeoning middle class: ?an unknown India is revealed in this landmark photographic anthology of the country today.
Alain Willaume is a freelance photographer and has taught at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg since 2003. Pavan K. Varma was Indias ambassador to Cyprus and subsequently director of the Nehru Centre in London. Devika Daulet-Singh is director of the photographic agency PhotoInk, which she founded in New Delhi in 2001.
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