“Chote Dada, do you want some chicken tikka? You are in my office and here we become friends over food.”[caption id="attachment_134860" align="aligncenter" width="620"] A 1989 portrait of Deepak Puri by Sebastião Salgado (© Sebastião Salgado, Courtesy MAP[/caption] Since that day in early 2002, I became Deepak Puri’s ‘Chote Dada’. I have been one of many lucky beneficiaries of his gregarious friendship who would open doors with two phone calls or one email. He airlifted journalists from conflict areas, he would break the ice even in a California wildfire, he would have numbers of airline groundstaff and secretaries in the offices of heads of state on his fingertips and he still packs a punch with his unparalleled ability to make friends and grow vegetables in his farmhouse in the same breath.
Every time I visited his office, his photography collection captivated me, it enamoured my world view and lulled my senses to a planet which now will be indexed on the walls of the Tasveer Gallery in Bengaluru – a world of iconic reality where a kiss suddenly turned into ecstasy. Deepak Puri – A friend, legend, philosopher and guide to some of the most iconic photographs of our generation – has donated his collection to Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bangalore.Therefore, as the pictures come for public viewing On September 26, it comes with a name very apt: The Legacy of Photojournalism — The Deepak Puri Collection. Till October 2, they will be in Bengaluru before they travel to other cities. Next Stop is New Delhi from October 28 where the exhibition previews at Exhibit 320 in Lado Sarai and will be on display till November 15th.
Exhibit 320 F- 320 Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030 Monday to Saturday 10.30 am - 6.30 pm Opening and Private Preview: 28th October 2015, 6.30 pm Exhibition continues: 29th October - 15th November 2015In 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, and a foreword by Tim McGirk, it will also include additional reproductions from the larger museum collection, aside from those already part of the show.