By Sunil Gupta; Text by Keith Wallace, Saleem Kidwai and Sunil Gupta
Published by Vadehra Art Gallery and Prestel, 2011
Hardcover, 144 pages
29 x 25 x 2 cm
Sunil Gupta is a well-known artist, curator and writer. For decades he has explored narratives of contemporary gay life in India and other parts of the world; tackled issues of gender and sexuality; and documented his own experiences living with AIDS. This publication is an international monograph on a very important Indian photographer and features selections from each of his major series from 1970s onwards, offering a comprehensive overview of his works to date.
The hardcover 140-page publication with 80 colour illustrations has an illuminating essay by Canadian curator Keith Wallace and a conversation between historian Saleem Kidwai and Sunil Gupta. Above all it chronicles Gupta’s divergent photographic series that range from narrative portraits to fictional photo essays. Beautifully reproduced, these photos include his renowned series “The Pre–Raphaelites”; heart-rending images of children living in an HIV-positive care center; 1970s street scenes from New York City’s West Village; and his groundbreaking portraits of gay men, women and transgender individuals living in his native country and struggling against homophobic laws and culture. Subversive, whimsical, personal and political, Sunil Gupta’s photographs have done much to raise awareness about—and overcome the taboos of—homosexual life throughout the modern world.