Presenting photographs clicked by photojournalist Rajib De, an exhibition titled "A Tale of Two Cities: Hampi & Newtown" opened here on Thursday. It places the two cities side-by-side, depicting how completely they are different from each other.
On view at the India International Centre (IIC) here, the exhibition brings out the visual binary between a mediaeval and a modern city.
It is a photographic tale of two cities -- one a historic city now in ruins, and the other taking birth from Indian soil.
Karnataka's Hampi, a thriving polis between the 14th and 17th centuries, now lies deserted and silent, devoid of its medieval glory.
A striking photoset shows an image showing monkeys occupy what remains of Hampi, in juxtaposition with another capturing Newtown's children in play.
Speaking to IANS about his photographs, De said he has tried to place the duality between two times -- ancient and modern -- beside each other.
With only a fraction of his nearly 1,500 photographs from both the collections on view here, De said he has a lot in store.
Using the visual effect of black and white panoramic photographs, De's work narrates the power of time and a city's gradual rise to its prime, and then its inevitable downhill journey.
The exhibition will be open for public viewing from August 10-20.
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