Born 1976 in New Delhi, Randhir Singh received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1999. He spent fifteen years working in New York at award winning architecture and design firms. In 2013, he moved to New Delhi to develop his photographic practice focussing on architecture and urbanism.
In 2016, Singh’s series exploring industrial architecture and the urban landscape, Water Towers, was shown at the Pondy Photo Festival. Photographed in portrait format, his project sought to connect the monumental, and often decorative, water towers to the prosaic housing colonies and parks around them. This project was included in the exhibition, Body Building at the Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai (2019). Continuing his interest in the urban landscape, his photographs examining waterways and hydraulic architecture were included in the publication and exhibition, Yamuna River Project (2017). The Yamuna River Project book was awarded the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Architecture Book award for 2018.
Over the last four years, Singh has been photographing government housing colonies in Delhi. This on-going project, CPWD explores socialist housing, typologies, modernism and national identity. Photographs from CPWD were included in the exhibition, When is Space? at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (2018).
Singh has been collaborating with the artist, Seher Shah on numerous projects combining photography, architecture and drawing. Their recent project, Studies in Form, is a series of cyanotype prints that builds on these overlaps to further an ongoing interest into concepts of architectural scale and sculptural intent. This project was included in the exhibition, Bearing Points at the Dhaka Art Summit (2018) and at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2019).
His most recent project "IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study" is a two person show with the late Madan Mahatta exploring the role of the photographer in relationship to architecture, history and time. Exhibited at Photoink in 2020, the modernist site of the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, built between 1961-1968, is viewed through the vantagepoints of Mahatta’s stark and heroic buildings and Singh’s contemporary perspective six decadeslater drawing in issues of inhabitation and architectural materiality. The exhibition is accompanied by a forthcoming publication with an essay by architect and writer,Riyaz Tayyibji, reflecting on the photographs and articulating the dialogue between the photographers.
1999 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. - Bachelor of Architecture & Bachelor of Science
2020 "IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study" with Madan Mahatta, PHOTOINK, New Delhi
2020 "On Muzharul Islam: Surfacing Intention" with Seher Shah, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
2019 "Body Building", Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai
2019 "Studies in Form" with Seher Shah, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
2018 "When is Space?", Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2018 "Studies in Form" with Seher Shah, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
2018 "India Arch Dialogue", Gallery 1AQ, New Delhi
2016 "Exhibitions at Maison Colombani", PondyPhoto, Pondicherry
IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study, 2020
Photographs by Madan Mahatta and Randhir Singh
Text by Riyaz Tayyibji
Contact for publication
Mrinalini Mukherjee, 2019
Edited with introduction by Shanay Jhaveri
Text by N. Ahuja, G. Watson, E. Terracciano, and D. Ananth
Link to publication
The Yamuna River Project, 2018
Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta
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2019 Interior Photography Award, Trends Excellence Award for Architecture and Design
2018 Deutsches Architekturmuseum Architecture Book award for Yamuna River Project. New Delhi Urban Ecology by Inaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta. Published by Actar, Barcelona & University of Virginia
2018 Certificate of Achievement, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Award
2017 Certificate of Achievement, 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards
2016 Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards, Architecture: Buildings
2015 Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards, Architecture - Buildings
2015 Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards, Editorial - Environmental
2015 Interior Photography Award, Trends Excellence Award for Architecture and Design