Bio

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 as an architect in New York while studying photography at the International Center of Photography. In 2013, he moved to New Delhi to develop his photographic practice focussing on architecture and urbanism.

His work is currently being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a part of The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985. Singh was commissioned to produce a substantial portfolio of photographs on modern architecture in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka providing a contemporary perspective on a “culture of modern architecture” at a time of “significant progressive societal transformation”. The full portfolio of photographs are also included in the scholarly catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

Exhibited at Photoink in 2020, IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study was a two person show, and subsequent publication, with the late Madan Mahatta exploring the role of the photographer in relationship to architecture, history and time. The modernist site of the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi was viewed through two vantage points six decades apart drawing in issues of inhabitation and architectural materiality. 

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).

For close to a decade, 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).

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.

Education

1999 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. - Bachelor of Architecture & Bachelor of Science

Exhibitions

2022 "The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985", The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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

Publications

The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985, 2022
The Museum of Modern Art
Edited by Martino Stierli, Anoma Pieris and Sean Anderson
Photographic portfolio by Randhir Singh and additional contributions from Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Nonica Datta, Prajna Desai, Da Hyung Jeong, Farhan Karim, Evangelos Kotsioris, Saloni Mathur, Rahul Mehrotra, Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, and Devika Singh.
Link to publication

IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study, 2020
Photographs by Madan Mahatta and Randhir Singh
PHOTOINK
Text by Riyaz Tayyibji
Contact for publication

Mrinalini Mukherjee, 2019
Shoestring Publishers
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
Actar Publishers
Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta
Link to publication


Awards

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


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