Indelible Sepia Moments

Photographs by Derry Moore, the 12th Earl of Drogheda, at Ranga Shankara capture the quintessential India

Published: 14th September 2015 03:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2015 03:52 AM   |  A+A-

JP NAGAR:Tasveer and Ranga Shankara have announced the opening of an exhibit of specially curated works from Evening Ragas by Derry Moore at ‘Kitaki - The Window’, the art gallery and visual-art initiative at Ranga Shankara. ‘Kitaki - The Window’ is envisioned as a  gateway into the finest visual art curated by premier institutions. Derry Moore, the 12th Earl of Drogheda, made his name photographing the interiors and portraits  of European aristocracy, including those of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Queen Mother. He  has published over a dozen books, and his photographs can be found in the collections of the  Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Royal Collection, the  Bibliotheque Nationale, as well as numerous other private collections.

moment.jpgMoore began photographing India during a series of visits in early 1976. In his statement on the  project titled ‘A photographer in India’, Moore states “My initial idea had been to photograph some  of the places whose days, I knew, were numbered. In the event what fascinated me was not simply  the places themselves but also the hybrid quality of many of the lesser buildings that had been  constructed since the first arrival of the British in India. A cultural osmosis was clearly discernible,  that of British and European architecture on Indian buildings, and that of India and its climate, as  well as styles, on the British. In the latter instance, a grandeur and a sense of space, such as are rarely  seen in Britain, were frequently the outcome: rooms were higher, windows larger, corridors wider,  detail more lavish; the porticoes of relatively humble houses might have been snatched from the  front of the British Museum. The appearance of their inhabitants too surprised me. I had been  expecting folkloric looks, whereas what I found was far more interesting - the look and atmosphere of another century”.

Thus it is, that narratives of fading grandeur and arrested time in these incongruous architectural  emblems, unfold in Moore’s Evening Ragas; poetically exemplified by the black, white and grey tones  of his photographs. Lingering traces of a past, swept away by the rising tides of time, commerce  and politics, they resound with the echoes of older footfalls and memories of other lives in another  time - no longer accessible, and yet frequently reimagined. Exhibition dates: September 15 to October 20

Venue: Kitaki - The Window  1st Floor Ranga Shankara 36/2 8th Cross, II Phase J P Nagar, Bengaluru.

Time: 11am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), 11 am to 3 pm (Saturday & Sunday)

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