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More Light: Vintage photographs by R. R. Bharadwaj

August 20-October 1, 2022 10:00 am

PHOTOINK, A-4 Green Avenue Street, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi, India

PHOTOINK is pleased to present More Light: Vintage Photographs by R. R. Bharadwaj, from the late 1930s.

A relatively forgotten, yet path-breaking pictorialist, Bharadwaj’s photographic oeuvre is distinguished by an unwavering adherence to the pictorial and picturesque and he produced idealized and ethereal views of the Indian countryside. When directing his camera at the sky, Bharadwaj displayed uncommon mastery in controlling natural light to create moody, atmospheric photographs of clouds, trees and plants.

Further, in the darkroom, he used special toning formulae to emphasize the print’s tonality and painterly aspects. Of the few surviving albums, the one about the Garhwal Himalayas stands out for its sequence of photographs — sweeping landscapes, some made at 20,000 feet interspersed by smaller, more detailed compositions of flora and fauna — is a stunning presentation of the grand mountains.

The exhibition is part of the Delhi Art Week, a week long celebration of the rich diversity of Indian contemporary and modern art in Delhi, taking place across four art zones, 37 galleries, two museums and several participating institutions.