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PHOTOGRAPHER

Charan Singh

Photographer, India
http://www.charansinghphotography.com

Charan Singh, born in India and based in London, introduces us to a world of Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others. Kothis (effeminate, underprivileged, homosexual men), Hijras (eunuchs), and Giriyas (partners of kothis and hijras) are indigenous terms used by queer working class and transgendered men, in their own dialect, to define their particular sexual identities. While India’s photographic history is disproportionately rich with documentation of the most privileged classes and castes, the subjects on which Singh chose to focus his lens were never a part of this formal visual history of India. Outside of their representation as victims of the HIV and AIDS crises, Singh’s subjects had never been given the opportunity to express themselves as they chose to be portrayed. The bold, confident personas and poses they adopt and the clothing they choose to represent themselves are usually inspired by Bollywood, the most readily available cinema and television to members of the Indian lower-class. Charan Singh lives and works from New Delhi and London. He is currently a PhD candidate in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2014), The Photographers Gallery, London (2015), GFEST: Gaywise Festival, London (2015) and FotoFest, Houston (2015).

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Rizwan getting ready to go out © Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh
Exhibition
Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh, Delhi: Communities of Belonging
March 24, 2017

Delhi: Communities of Belonging by noted photographers Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh chronicles contemporary LGBTQ life in Delhi, India. The project masterfully captures intimate, ordinary moments between seventeen diverse individuals and couples as they navigate life, work and lo...

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Books
Sunil Gupta & Charan Singh, Delhi: Communities of Belonging
January 30, 2017 - India

The 17 individuals featured in Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh’s book, Delhi: Communities of Belonging are young and old, single and married, affluent and working class, and representative of diverse gender and sexual identities. What unites them? Besides the city they call home, ...

Phyllis Galembo, India, 2013. Courtesy sepiaEYE
Event
New York : Dress-Up, Group Exhibition
April 8, 2016 - United States

sepiaEYE gallery presents Dress-Up, a group exhibition in which costume, performance, persona, and pose are explored through the lens of photographers Qiana Mestrich, Phyllis Galembo and Charan Singh. Qiana Mestrich’s series Namesake and Inherited Patterns cleverl...