Jyoti Bhatt was born in 1934 in Bhavnagar, Gujarat and he was trained in painting and printmaking at MSU Baroda. He was one of the founder members of the Center of Photography in Baroda. Before he worked as a photographer, he dabbled in painting for a while.
The canvas was traded with a camera and he started his career in 1967. He traveled to Gujarat where he photographed a wide range of folk art and craft.
His documentary photographs are informal, devoid of gimmicks and an art form in itself. He used the frame to capture not only places like Gujarat, Bengal, and Rajasthan but has also photographed people from the art fraternity-like M.F Husain, Nasreen Mohamedi, Himmat Shah, Krishen Khanna, Somnath Hore, N.S. Bendre amongst many others.
Jyoti Bhatt (1934)
Set of 10 photographs
Large format (35mm) square negative portraits
Estimate: 8,00,000 - 10,00,000 INR
Exhibited: The Photographic Eye of Jyoti Bhatt, The Guild
Provenance: Private Collection
Lot no. 33 coming up in Prinseps Spring Auction 24 - 25 April 2019