On the Road in Rajasthan

On the road in Rajasthan.




"Singh struck out in his own direction by using color photography, disparaged at the time, rather than black and white. More than a dozen books followed, each focused on different parts of urban and rural India; the images in this show are drawn from them. The documentary-style vision that emerges is neither sugarcoated, nor abject, nor controllingly omniscient."  
                       - Holland Cotter, "Raghubir Singh: Retrospective", New York Times, 26 November 2004.


It's hard to have an impersonal view on photographing India. Many of my western counterparts seem to travel around the country looking for a peculiar Indian abjection - sometimes even a 'beauty as seen in abjection'. I find it a fundamentally western concept. I'm with Raghubhir Singh on this one - beauty as seen in abjection - which suited neither him nor India, hence he created his own Indian style and aesthetic - "a documentary-style which was neither sugarcoated nor abject, nor controllingly omniscient."

On recent trip to Rajasthan, I tried and failed perhaps to channel Raghubhir. The Tata Indica fails as an camera obscura when compared to the ambassador.

On the road in Rajasthan.
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Well atleast I've learnt to fall out of love with western abjection and let the story tell itself.