News Monday, August 27th 2012
Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacture with more than 250 years of uninterrupted history, supports the art of photography through its association with Tasveer and celebrates ‘Divine moments’, captured by Raghu Rai, through a series of exhibitions across India.
Two old men, Old Delhi, 1970
The complete range of photographs from the exhibition will travel across the Tasveer and its partner galleries in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Photography and Horology share a common ground through their relationship with time. The advanced technical precision of both the camera and the watch are the result of techniques and procedures that have been passed down from generations and honed and adapted along the way. The levels of perfection now achieved in both these art forms are symbols of human ingenuity, achievement and refinement. It is, however, only when placed in the hands of those whose vision transcends their craft, that the most remarkable art works are produced, be these photographs or timepieces.
The success of Raghu Rai's career as a photographer is unparalleled in India. His photographs, and the moments they capture, continue to touch his audiences through their rare combination of creative vision and compassion. Rai documents historical events from India's history, reveals the variety and splendour of the landscape and freezes fleeting private encounters - above all though, his photographs are about the capturing of time, of freezing 'Divine Moments', which would otherwise go unrecorded. His photographs are like poems to the beautiful, profound, and often-bittersweet concept of time.
Pioneers and guardians of the spirit of technical and precious Haute Horlogerie, the men and women of Vacheron Constantin continue to exercise their skills – as ever in Geneva – through designing, developing and producing exceptional timepieces. Vacheron Constantin salutes the unwavering passion and craftsmanship of artists and it is within this spirit that it extends its support to the art of photography in India. ■