Making a Photograph: Sunil Janah

February 6-March 26, 2022

Experimenter - Ballygunge Place, 45 Ballygunge Place, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Experimenter presents Making a Photograph, a solo exhibition of works by Sunil Janah, one of India’s pioneering photographers.

The title of the exhibition, Making a Photograph is borrowed from Ansel Adams book by the same name, which was foundational to Janah’s practice and established for him an initial path in making photographs. The exhibition exemplifies the depth of his practice through an extraordinary body of industrial photography, that he was commissioned in the 1950’s through several projects, to photograph the development and industrialisation of a young, independent Nehruvian India. Janah travelled the subcontinent photographing the massive projects birthed at the time. Majestic structures of iron and steel plants in Bhilai and Rourkela, coal mines in Bihar, fascinating images of the ports, factories and mills in Bengal amongst others that were designed to catapult India into modernity, each image an outstanding composition, a painterly marker of the time the new nation had stepped into. The exhibition shows a body of these photographs, drawing attention to a landscape, its people and the buoyancy of emotion.

Find out more on the Experimenter website.