Release Date: Winter 2017
Photography: Fionn Reilly
Foreword: Tony Fletcher
Pages: 144 Hardcover
Images: 79 duotone / 6 color
Size: 9 in x 12 in
Publisher: KMW studio publishing
Kolkata Calcutta is a superb collection of classic black and white, and color photographs taken of one the Worlds most enthralling and mysterious cities as revealed through the lens of photographer Fionn Reilly.
Inspired by the films of Kolkata’s celebrated director Satyajit Ray and the great Indian photographer Raghubir Singh, Reilly’s images capture an intense city that exudes a true sense of soul, haunted by it’s ghosts of empire. Primary among this volume are Reilly’s candid shots of everyday people in pursuit of their everyday business, religious and cultural icons, historical architecture, and open spaces.
Kolkata, the “City of Joy”, is a city that never ceases to amaze. Reilly’s images bear witness to this truly unique and marvelous city.
Queen Victoria rustled about in silks as dark as the soot on which her Empire was maintained. Unlike an insect, it is black that draws my eye. Black is the color of shadows, and in Calcutta the shadows of the past cast a Victorian darkness in contrast to the blinding tropical sun that erodes those elements of its past and is fuel to its future. Cast in bronze The Old Empress now patiently watches that future unfold. When I photograph I am observing form but not without a sense of time. Here in the 21st century, photographing Kolkata in monochrome accentuates those contrasts and petrifies the living chaos, revealing an older more timeless Calcutta.
I was told as a child that my bedroom looked like the Black Hole of Calcutta. Perhaps that is what originally attracted me to the place.
Release Date: Winter 2017
We love the idea of tropical ruins, vestiges of an older world kept alive in the cherished husks of 1950s automobiles and non-gentrified colonial structures, of late. Some of our greatest writers regularly extol, now, the beauty of great cities from the more tattered days of their youth. Much of our art is about seeing beauty in chaos, about finding some salvation in the decline and fall of a civilization.
Fionn Reilly’s new photo book, Kolkata Calcutta — which will be celebrated at a December 9 afternoon book launch party at the Center for Photography at Woodstock complete with author Tony Fletcher interviewing his fellow Londoner about the work he’s just written an intro for — takes a long-awaited close glimpse at the much-maligned Indian city known more for its destitution, its Mother Theresa-year, than its being a birthplace of its nation’s greatest cultural gifts to the world.
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Chronogram: Kolkata Calcutta, Fionn Reilly’s New Book of Photos
Longtime Chronogram contributor Fionn Reilly’s latest book, Kolkata Calcutta: Some Kind of Beauty (KMW Studio, 2017), documents the marvelous and timeless northeast Indian city as it hurtles into the future and the past simultaneously. In his foreword, Tony Fletcher (a fellow Englishman transplanted to the Hudson Valley) describes the metropolis Reilly photographed in 2013:
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Radio Woodstock Interview
Fionn Reilly interview Mornings with Gattine
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST