An exhibition captures a world that is fast vanishing

A selection of some of the best photographs of Derry Moore from his project he started in 1976 in India are on display till the end of the month.

The 12 Earl of Drogheda, Derry Moore, in this ongoing project, has frozen a combination of photographs, including portraits, interiors and landscapes, poignantly documenting what may be the last relics and aesthetics of a pre-modernised India.

A press note said Mr. Moore is known for his photography of the interiors and portraits of the European aristocracy, including those of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Queen Mother. He developed deep interest in photography, imbibing from his mentor Bill Brandt, the German-British photographer and photojournalist. He has to his account rare pictures ranging from the interiors of buildings constructed in the era of British colonisation of India to the portraits of Yamini Krishnamurti, Amrita Patel, Amrita Jhaveri and the daughter of Nawab Habeeb Jung at the Charminar Palace.

Following his education at Eton, Mr. Moore studied painting as Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Seeing at Salzburg in Austria, before learning photography under Mr. Bill Brandt’s guidance.

According to Mr. Moore, “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 arrival of the British in India.” Sixty limited edition signed prints from the ongoing project, are currently on display.

The exhibition, brought by Tasveer and Damiani, is on till is November 30, the exhibition at Sua House on Kasturba Cross Road and is open to public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on all days, except Sundays.

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