Gifts of Solitude Mapin Publishing

Gifts of Solitude

Ashwin Mehta
Introduction by Judith Mara Gutman Words by Rabindranath Tagore

Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's total communion with nature led to an outpouring of verse and prose that enriched world literature

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Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's total communion with nature led to an outpouring of verse and prose that enriched world literature
Today, half a century later, Ashvin Mehta captures on film the same primal nature-scapes with a mind's eye that mirrors and complements that of the poet.

Through Mehta's lens the ordinary takes on a metaphysical timbre. Rocks become sculpture. A stray strand of grass becomes a maze, drawing us towards its vortex. A wave returning to the sea leaves an imprint that stirs memories of the first life on earth.

Here Mehta's photographs of the sea, of rocks and trees come together with Tagore's words. Famed photo-critic Judith Mara Gutman writes an incisive introduction analyzing Mehta's style and scope.

Of Mehta's photography, the famed photo critic Judith Mara Gutman says "Mehta is in the tradition of the 19th century Indian photography which overhauled Western traditional understanding of pictorial space and the camera's use — to create a system of imagery that was related to Indian miniature painting and Indian conceptual systems': Today, with a long career in advertising and photography, Mehta is perhaps India's most highly lauded photographer. With two books to his credit, Himalaya — Encounters with Eternity and Coasts of India, his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and photojournals the world over. He has to his credit several solo and group exhibitions.

Mehta now lives in the tiny coastal village of Tithal, Gujarat.

Foreword and Acknowledgm ents
About the Herwitz Collection
Timeless Visions
The Artists and the Works
Jamini Roy
Maqbool Fida Husain
Sayed Haider Raza
Biren De
Nasreen Mohamedi
K. G. Ramanujam
Manjit Bawa
Bikash Bhattacharjee
K. Laxma Goud
Rameshwar Broota
Vinod Dave
Rekha Rodwittiya
Ravinder Reddy
ISBN 9788185822341
Pages 136
Number of photographs 93 duotone photographs
Size 9 x 12" (229 x 305 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 1990
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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