Between 1950 and 1980, at the height of Nehruvian modernism, Madan Mahatta, a prolific photographer, captured and recorded the development of New Delhi. He worked closely with two generations of modern Indian architects and captured in black-and-white such landmark constructions as the India International Centre, Asian Games Village, the Shri Ram Centre as it stood isolated on Safdar Hashmi Marg, Pragati Maidan under construction and the Hall of Nations, with its House of Cards-like structure, to name just a few. – Ram Rahman
Richard Bartholomew as an acclaimed art critic, artist and photographer was close to this generation of artists. His photographs present some of the most important portraits of artists instrumental in the shaping of Indian Modernism. He captures his artist-peers’ persona, in their studios with their works, or at exhibition openings and sometimes all by themselves, pensive or looking at the transient world around them.