Rare photography exhibition of rural India on show at London gallery
Step back in time and experience a slice of rural India from the 1970s in a captivating exhibition of travel photography taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy's most celebrated living photographer. His portraits and memories of India are currently showing at the prestigious Prahland Bubbar Gallery in London in an exhibition called The Sense Of Moment in which he also showcases some of the iconic post-war images he is best known for.
Berengo Gardin's Indian images were taken between 1977-1979 when he spent time living between New Delhi and Bombay. It may have been unexpected for a young Italian photographer to visit India alone but he recalls: 'I have always been a great admirer of Gandhi and one of his statements is engraved on my mind. He said that Europeans and Westerners come to India and visit the big cities but they never go to see the villages, even though, in reality, India is made up of small villages.
Over the course of two years, Berengo Gardin documented the India talked about by Gandhi in a fascinating series of portraits that intimately depict the lives of ordinary people, their rituals, customs and industry. Much like his Indian series, Berengo Gardin’s photographs of post-war Italy also capture a country on the brink of transformation, from an agricultural based economy, which had been severely affected by the consequences of World War II, into one of the world’s most industrialised nations.
The Sense Of Moment: Gianni Berengo Gardin is showing from 11th April - 23rd May 2014 at The Prahlad Bubbar Gallery.