There are 30 other such photographs that encapsulate moments of history in India, Iraq, Tibet, Brazil and Afghanistan, immortalised on frames and shot over three decades by photographers of global repute. The photographs, hanging on the walls of Tasveer Gallery in Bengaluru, are part of the personal collection of Deepak Puri, Time magazine’s former South Asia bureau manager and photo editor.
In an introduction to the exhibition, Pico Iyer, novelist and essayist, describes Delhi-based Puri as “...the only person on the planet who can make mountains move, and, in the process, bring them to Mohammed”. His endearing personality and an uncanny knack to get things done to help countless Time journalists travel to remote places for their stories earned him their gratitude, and, in most cases, lifelong friendship. The photographers gave their best photos to Puri, who made the donation to the Museum of Art and Photography, Bengaluru, making it one of the most important archives of 20th century journalism in the country.
The photographs on display include Steve McCurry’s famed Afghan girl, Sharbat Gula, who was also photographed 17 years later. Namas Bhojani’s monkey man on Marine Drive and Diana Barker’s photograph of the Dalai Lama in meditation are also a part of this exhibition.