This My People

Tatla Dar Singh, Author, Madanjeet Singh, Author, Rizzoli, Author Rizzoli International Publications $50 (156p) ISBN 978-0-8478-1153-3
Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nehru's birth, this volume of photographs taken in the 1940s is a study in contrasts: haunting pictures of refugees give way to shots of smiling children, farmers, miners and fishermen at work, or young women playing on a swing. In the aftermath of the rioting that broke out following Indian independence in 1947, author/photographer/statesman Singh mounted an exhibition of the 96 black-and-white photos seen here, a ``Peace Exhibition'' presenting a look at ``life in the Punjab as it used to be before it became the scene of communal strife.'' This collection of evocative, carefully executed portraits of India's citizenry--seen through Singh's respectful, sensitive lens--is a unique, evenhanded view of India as it was some 50 years ago. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
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