'Stories in Stone' Captures Colonial Architecture in India

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 15, 2014
References: artsy.net & artsy.net
'Stories in Stone' is a photo series that captures the crumbling colonial architecture that dots the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (formerly 'Calcutta'). The series is the work of photographer Prabir Purkayastha.

From a distance, the buildings in Purkayastha's photos appear rather grand and imposing. Upon closer inspection -- through Purkayastha's sharp lens -- it becomes apparent that these once-grand buildings are beset by deterioration, with facades crumbling and overrun by overgrown roots and interiors gathering dust.

The series aims to document the city's remaining colonial architecture, a reminder of its colonial past as well as the diversity and thriving sub-communities it was once known for.

Stories in Stone is on display at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York for the duration of the month of May.