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  • Product Code: bk16023
  • ISBN: 978-9998620-0-8
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Tags: vernacular



Masterji's first book is now available to buy in a very limited first edition run of 400.

Masterji is a Coventry original, the art of photography his obsession for more than sixty years. He documented the South-Asian community in Coventry with a theatrical, playful eye that brought out the character of his customers and defines his style, and also reveals much about how a migrant community was keen to be portrayed.

Published by Photo Miners, this is a wonderful book sensitively portraying a community that has been invisible to photographic and sociological traditions.

Following the huge success of exhibitions in Coventry, Mumbai and New York, 95-year-old Coventry photographer Masterji is releasing a new photographic book of highlights from his archive.

Featuring 66 images from across his career, the book celebrates Coventry’s South Asian immigrants since his own arrival from India in 1951. Ranging from intimate individual portraits to groups of friends and family, the pictures make visible an important strand of the city’s social history.

The book includes an introduction by Dr Mark Sealy who highlights Masterji’s importance to British photographic history.

Masterji’s daughter Tarla said: “Masterji gives a voice to those forgotten in the past, at a time when people were facing adversity in jobs, education and housing because of their colour. This book shows proud people, determined and confident in who they are.”

Designed by Ian Jones and printed in Holland by Rik van Leeuweven of Wonderful Books