HARDCOVER 80 PAGES 47 BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS INTRODUCTION BY JYOTI BHATT 8.25 × 10.75 IN (210 × 270 MM)
Photographs from Rural India, forms the first significant publication of photographs by the eminent Indian artist, Jyoti Bhatt, whose work is held in several public collections — both abroad, such as in the Tate Modern and The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and in India, as in the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Whilst perhaps most celebrated as a printmaker, Bhatt has been actively engaged with photography since the mid 60s, and his photographs constitute an important chapter in the history of photography in India, demonstrating great artistic sensibility, creativity and a unique understanding of traditional cultures.
Bhatt began documenting the folk and tribal culture of rural India in the summer of 1967. He travelled widely, visiting villages and tribal regions, photographing folk arts and craft traditions in their original environments, along with the people who inhabited these spaces — much of his work records village and indigenous art forms, the photographs synthesise human figures with static backgrounds that show painted, or drawn, images on walls or floors. Avoiding prevalent tendencies to objectify and sentimentalise, Bhatt's photographs remain acutely and continually sensitive to the psychological and material changes within the inhabitants of these societies, as they responded to urbanisation, and change. This publication also carries a memoir-essay by the artist, that provides experiential insights and highlights the history of photography in India and its challenging rise to recognition as an art form.