MAP is delighted to announce a significant addition to its photography department in the form of the Deepak Puri Collection — one of the most important private archives of twentieth century photojournalism in the country.
An enigmatic personality, Deepak Puri held the post of South Asia General Manager and Photo Editor of Time for over three decades, and represented to a wide cross section of people — correspondents, photographers, bureau chiefs and their families — the heart of Time Asia. 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.
Through this donation, the Deepak Puri Collection will be made publicly and freely available online for the first time. A reflection of shifts in attitudes that testifies to Puri’s forward thinking, this aligns him with a growing number of private collectors who have begun to appreciate the need for art to be accessible, both for research and viewing purposes. This is a significant cornerstone of MAP’s own identity, and representative, we believe, of a new wave of institutions that seek to rewrite the future of museums in India.
Including works by Adam Ferguson, Ami Vitale, Dayanita Singh, Dominic Sansoni, Eric Meola, James Nachtwey, John Stanmeyer, Karen Davies, Kenro Izu, Nancy Jo Johnson, Namas Bhojani, Pablo Bartholomew, Prashant Panjiar, Raghu Rai, Raghubir Singh, Rakesh Sahai, Robert Nickelsberg, Sebastião Salgado, T. S. Satyan, amongst others — this collection of photographs represent a golden era of photojournalism in photography, and hosts some of the best practitioners of the documentary aesthetic.