Henry Wilson is a photographer whose books include Benares. He has contributed widely to magazines, among them The World of Interiors. His perceptive photographs have done much to bring the variety of India to the awareness of the West.
Contemporary interior design combining the exotic with the international through a uniquely Indian sensibility.
A dramatic resurgence is under way in India as the country flourishes its exciting hybrid style, informed by the past yet transcending it. “New Indian chic” is everywhere, from cuisine to fashion to film, yoga to ayurveda, and this book explores the worldwide upsurge of interest through a wonderful array of contemporary Indian interiors.
India today is much more than the exotic East of traditional crafts. The book takes us into the private homes of those at the forefront of the new approach to decoration and design. Here are interiors by Indians for Indians, by Indians for foreigners, by foreigners for foreigners, and by foreigners for Indiansradically modern, allusively traditional, distinctively stylish. 200+ color photographs and illustrations.
India: In Word and Image
Although photographer Meola’s claim that he is drawn to India because the people are blessed with childhood’s sense of wonder seems slightly patronizing, his photographs are an affectionate tribute to the subcontinent’s diversity and history. Meola has a fine eye for detail and devotes equal attention to the grand and the humble, from spectacular Buddhist mandalas and Rajasthan’s sprawling forts to rose-ringed parakeets nesting in trees or henna on a woman’s hands. Suffused with light and color, his images sidestep clich to achieve an intimacy and spontaneity that readers will relish. Excerpts from such writers as Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul round out this breathtaking book. (Nov.)
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India is rapidly becoming one of the pre-eminent leaders of the twenty-first century. For more than a decade, Eric Meola has returned repeatedly to India, photographing the people, temples, landscapes, architecture, celebrations, and art of this uniquely exuberant and incredibly diverse country. Meola’s journeys took him from the Himalayas and monasteries in the North to the temples of Tamil Nadu in the South, from the color and pageantry of Rajasthan in the West to the tea plantations of Darjeeling in the East. Over 200 photographs will fill this beautifully printed, large-format book. The photographs will be accompanied by dozens of essays, stories, and poems by contemporary and classical Indian writers.