A fascinating modern day look at the Indian city of Chandigarh, through the lens of Paris-based photographer Manuel Bougot. Chandigarh was India's first planned city post independence in 1947. The first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, commissioned Swiss architect and urban planner Le Corbusier to design Chandigarh, to reflect the new nation's modern, progressive outlook.
opening today [7pm] at photoink gallery is a solo exhibition by paris-based photographer manuel bougot as part of the gallery's architectural photography program. called chandigarh - portrait of a city, the show features a fantastic series of photographs of le corbusier's often neglected utopian structures in the northern indian city of chandigarh. bougot’s interest in le corbusier’s architecture began in the 1980s when he worked on french art historian's caroline maniaque’s architecture thesis on the master's jaoul houses built in 1954 in neuilly-sur-seine, france. more than a decade later bougot renewed his interest in le corbusier, attending talks on his chandigarh project and photographed the only building the architect ever built for himself: a summer cabin in the french riviera. now completely mesmerized, going to india to photograph chandigarh was necessary to fully understand le corbusier's dynamic vision. what makes this exhibition even more appealing is the fact that bougot has not only merely documented impressive architecture, but also buildings as quite literally a context of people's lives. this has resulted in a highly nuanced and refreshingly different view of chandigarh today [on through oct 27]. location: mgf hyundai building, 1 faiz road, ground floor [jhandewalan].
From top to bottom: Neelam Cinema, Legislative Assembly, Private Villa, High Court - Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret.