Legacy of Photojournalism - The Deepak Puri Collection

As part its 10th anniversary, Tasveer in collaboration with MAP (Museum of Art & Photography, Bangalore), is delighted to produce an exhibition that highlights works from one of the most important archives of 20th century photojournalism in the country.

Including a selection of works from over fifty photographers, including internationally acclaimed seminal photojournalists such as James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado, John Stanmeyer and Raghu Rai, to name but a few, this exhibition will showcase the work of some of the best practitioners of the documentary aesthetic.

An enigmatic personality, Deepak Puri held the post of South Asia General Manager and Photo Editor of Time for over three decades. In The Open Road, Pico Iyer described Puri as the “great and legendary office manager of Time’s New Delhi bureau…who seems to hold up much of the Time Life empire and, I sometimes suspect, most of India single-handedly”; and in many circles, stories of how he was the wizard who made the impossible possible, still circulate.

Famed for his wide network, Puri was known as the key to all doors; and his collection stands as a testament to his gregarious friendship, with its signed and dedicated prints by some of the most iconic photographers of the twentieth century, In an era before the widespread availability of not only the internet, but even television, photojournalism occupied a unique position in its capacity to capture and bring to light the truth of socio-politically significant events that were changing the world. Endowed with notions of indexicality and ‘being present’ — photography at the time was the closest one got, to ‘live’ action.

This exhibit therefore brings together a range of images made historically momentous not only by their content, but also their style, and allows us a wonderful glimpse into the golden era of photojournalism. In conjunction with the exhibition a new publication, produced by Tasveer in collaboration with MAP, will further be launched — to serve as a catalogue and commemorate the donation of this remarkable collection to the museum. Carrying two new original essays by Pico Iyer and Ned Desmond, it will also include additional reproductions from the larger museum collection (that can be viewed online here), aside from those already part of the show.

Exhibition Schedule


27 August - 01 October 2021

Sua House
26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
Bangalore - 560001
Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm

New Delhi

28 October - 15 November 2021

Exhibit 320
F - 320 Lado Sarai
New Delhi - 110030
Monday to Saturday 11.00am - 7pm



03 December - 16 December 2021

The Harrington Street Arts Centre
8 Ho Chi Minh Sarini 
Harrington Mansions 2nd Floor
Flat no.5 & 25B
Kolkata 700071 
Monday to Saturday 12.00 pm - 7.00 pm


11 March - 20 March 2022

National Institute of Design
Design Gallery, Paldi
Ahmedabad 380007
Daily 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 


28 April - 26 May 2022

F 35/36, Dhanraj Mahal
C.S.M. Marg, Apollo Bunder
Mumbai- 400 001