Wed, 09/02/2015 – Sun, 12/27/2015

Payne Hurd Gallery

Viridian, ultramarine, alizarin crimson: Jeffrey Becom’s series of photographs explored the vivid colors of the built environment in northern India. A painter and photographer with training in architecture, Becom’s work has focused on what color may reveal about a culture, documenting painted walls from Mexico to Morocco, Guatemala to Greece. The artist spent five months traveling in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan in 2008, capturing the streets of Jodhpur and Varanasi, the architecture of Jaisalmer and Ajmer. In presenting these places, Becom’s photographs hint at the religious, social, and spiritual life of a vibrant culture with a deep history.

Colors of India has been supported through the generosity of the Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund, the Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Featured image: Blue Passage, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (detail)2008, archival pigment ink print, 16 x 24 inches. Gift of Paul K. Kania and the Priscilla Payne Hurd Endowment Fund, 2011. © Jeffrey Becom