Pradeep Dalal is an artist and writer. His work was recently included in the exhibitions "Stories in the Social Landscape" at ICP, "Strange Invitation" at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT, "Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora" in San Francisco and "Exchanging Glances" at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, as well as: "Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic" at Murray Guy and "Fifty Artists Photograph the Future" at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43. Pradeep's essay "A Bifocal Frame of Reference" was included in Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and directs the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

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Lothal Portrait (Dockside), 2007

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In Lothal, a 5,000-year old archeological site in western India I made photographs of present day visitors and locals and then combined these with older photographs of natives posed at the same location. I like the contrast between the pristine archeological photographs and the creased and handled quality of my portraits, and I take issue with the documentary conventions of using people as a measure, to give scale - "he is a mere accessory, just so many feet of bone and muscle."

Lothal Portrait (For Mortimer), 2007
Lothal Portrait#1 (Acropolis), 2007
Lothal Portrait (Dockside 2), 2007
Lothal Portrait (Lower Town), 2007
Lothal Portrait (Harappa 1), 2007