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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.11
People
Raghubir Singh, Indian (Jaipur 1942 - 1999 New York)
Title
Mango Season, Crawford Market, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph
Date
1993
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Maharashtra
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
image: 49.5 x 74.3 cm (19 1/2 x 29 1/4 in.)
sheet: 81.28 x 60.96 cm (32 x 24 in.)
Provenance
José M. Soriano Sr., New York, purchased from Sepia Gallery, 2004, gift to HUAM, 2005.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Jose M. Soriano
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.11
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Vividly capturing the spirit of the bazaar or market in Bombay in the mango season in summer, this photograph comes from a series of photographs of Bombay done by Raghubir Singh the renowned photographer from India. The Crawford market is a well- known wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Bombay, named after the first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford.
Raghubir Singh's work is heavily influenced by the work of the French Photographer Henri Cartier Bresson and his philosophy of the 'Decisive moment'. His photographs speak not just of the every day mundane existence of ordinary Indians but produce a true cultural experience illustrating for the viewer the essence of contemporary India. This photograph of the crowded market of Bombay captures Bresson's philosophy of the 'decisive moment' when the busy porters have taken a short tea break.
He was awarded the prestigious Padmashri award- A civilian award given by the Government of India in 1983. This photograph has been published in Raghubir Singh's book, Bombay: Gateway of India, 1994.
Publication History

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005 (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 15

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 249, ill.

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