Event to Honor the First Monograph Published of the Work of
India’s Best-Known Working Photographer, Tues., Sept. 20, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The Department of Photography and Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, in collaboration with Prestel Publishing and Sepia Eye, a New York gallery, will host a reception to honor photographer Sunil Gupta and the publication of Queer, the first monograph on his work. Considered India’s best-known working photographer, Gupta explores 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.
The reception will be held on Tues., Sept. 20, 2011, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Riese Lounge at the Tisch School of the Arts, located on the first floor at 721 Broadway. Gupta will speak briefly as well as be available to sign copies of the book. Admission is free but an RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org. A photo ID is required when entering the building. For further information, call 212.998.1930, or visit www.photo.tisch.nyu.edu.
The reception is part of a series of events and workshops being held on three continents by an international consortium of partners: NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging; the International Center of Photography, New York City; the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK; and the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, India. The mission is to provide a global forum for contemporary Indian photography while strengthening ties between the participating institutions.
Queer includes Gupta’s renowned series “The Pre-Raphaelites,” which offers images of children living in an HIV-positive care center, 1970s street scenes from New York City’s West Village, and groundbreaking portraits of gay and transgender individuals living in India and struggling against homophobic laws and culture. Gupta’s photographs have done much to raise awareness about—and overcome the taboos of—gay life throughout the modern world.
Sunil Gupta was born in Delhi, India and has spent time living in Canada, London, and New York. His photographs have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are in the permanent collections of museums in the United States, England and Australia. He writes frequently about gay culture and history.
The Department of Photography & Imaging is an intensive four-year BFA program centered on the making and understanding of images. It is a diverse department embracing multiple perspectives. The students work in virtually all modes of analog, digital, and multimedia photo-based image making, exploring photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. For further information, visit www.photo.tisch.nyu.edu.