Ram Rahman

Photograph © Ram Rahman


Ram Rahman is a photographer, artist, curator, designer, and activist. He initially studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later completed a degree in Graphic Design from Yale University’s School of Art in 1979. He has exhibited in individual and group shows in India and around the world. Some of Rahman’s recent solo shows include Bioscope: Scenes from an Eventful Life presented by Bodhi Art at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, 2008 and Apparao Infinity, Chennai, 2007; Photo Studio / Cutouts at India International Center, New Delhi, in 2003; Visions of India: Photographs by Ram Rahman at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, 2002. Of his group shows, one of the most recent is Still Moving Images at the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, 2008.


Shows that Rahman has curated include Sunil Janah Vintage Photographs at the NGMA, Mumbai, 2015; Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta at PHOTOINK, Delhi, 2012; Heat – Moving Pictures Visions, Phantasms, and Nightmares at Bose Pacia, New York, 2003; Noor – Devyani Krishna, A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2000; and Sunil Janah Photographs, A Retrospective at Gallery 678, New York, 1998. Rahman is a founding member of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) in New Delhi, a leader in the resistance to communal and sectarian forces in India through its public cultural action. He is a co-curator of the Sahmat Retrospective exhibition that opened at the Smart Museum, University of Chicago, 2013.


Rahman was an attendee of the SPE / MNF Photo Education Symposium, 5-7.Jan.2020, in New Delhi. This bio was provided by the artist. A more comprehensive profile will be forthcoming.





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See Also

Exploring the Politics of Identity by Ram Rahman, on PhotoSouthAsia

Malana: A Mystery Village, written & photographed by Rahman, The India Magazine of her people & culture, April 1988, pp 57-58, 61-63, 65

Tribute: Habib Rahman 1915-1995 by Rahman. Architecture + Design, pp. 19-20, Mar-Apr 1996


Photography and Modern Indian Architecture (1949-1990s), MoMA C-MAP Lectures, 03.Jun.2015

Regarding India: Ram Rahman, interviewed by Katherine Myers, 18.Jun.2018

Date Published

20 November