Hall of Nations, 1972

Architect: Raj Rewal

New Delhi Municipal Council building/Palika Centre, 1983

Architect: Kuldip Singh

Shriram Centre, 1968

Architect: Shiv Nath Prasad

Madan Mahatta (Mehta) was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and studied photography in England in the early 1950s. He joined the family’s Delhi photo studio upon returning to India in 1954 and introduced negative-positive colour printing for the first time. The Mahatta studios have a distinguished history as one of the pre-eminent family-run studios in North India. A prolific photographer, Mahatta worked across all genres—portraiture, dance, theatre as well as industrial and architectural photography. He combined a sensitive eye with an extraordinary sense of light and space—all of which made him the finest architectural photographer of his generation.

Mahatta’s exhibition of architectural photographs, Delhi Modern (1950s–1980s) curated by Ram Rahman were exhibited for the first time at PHOTOINK in 2012 to wide acclaim. The exhibition was a remarkable record of the building of New Delhi at the height of Nehruvian modernism. Mahatta had worked closely with two generations of India’s modern architects including Achyut Kanvinde, Ajoy Choudhury, Charles Correa, Habib Rahman, Jasbir Sawhney, J. K. Chowdhury, Joseph Allen Stein, Kuldip Singh, Raj Rewal, Ram Sharma, Ranjit Sabhiki, Shiv Nath Prasad and designers Mini Boga and Riten Mozumdar. His photographs of their works are an equal part of the legacy of a great period in Indian modernism.


Photographs from Delhi Modern have been included in numerous exhibitions, notably, Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, curated by Kate Bush at Media Space at the Science Museum, National Media Museum, London (2017-2018), Stretched Terrains curated by Roobina Karode at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2017), Urban Landscapes – Indian case studies curated by Deepak Ananth at The British School at Rome, Rome (2012), The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985, Museum of Modern Art, New York(2022).


Mahatta’s works are widely collected and reside in prominent public collections such as the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, (New Delhi, India), M+ Museum (Hong Kong, China), Pier 24 (San Francisco, USA) and the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, USA).

IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study
18.01.20 – 07.03.20
PHOTOINK, New Delhi
PHOTOINK at India Art Fair, 2018
09.02.18 – 12.02.18
NSIC GROUNDS, Okhla
These are few of our favourite works
06.10.16 – 10.12.16
PHOTOINK, New Delhi
PHOTOINK at India Art Fair, 2015
29.01.15 – 01.02.15
NSIC GROUNDS, Okhla
Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta (Late 1950s to late 1980s)
26.04.12 – 11.08.12
PHOTOINK, New Delhi
Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta (Late 1950s to Mid 1980s)

Gandhi Memorial Hall (formerly Pyare Lal Bhawan), 1962

Architect: Kavinde & Rai

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Staircase of a teaching block with the main building in the background, IIT-Delhi, 1968

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Open Air Theatre, IIT-Delhi, 1968

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

View along the corridor of a teaching block, IIT-Delhi, c.1968

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in / 25.4 × 25.4 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 3)

External staircase to Seminar Hall (Administrative Block), IIT-Delhi, c. 1967

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

2 sizes available
20 × 20 in / 50.8x 50.8 cm
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm
Ed of 10

Lecture theatre (detail), IIT-Delhi, c. 1967

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

2 sizes available
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm
Ed of 10

Kailash Hostel: interior staircase, IIT-Delhi, c. 1967

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

2 sizes available
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm
Ed of 10

Foyer in the Main Building, IIT-Delhi, 1968

Architect: J.K. Chowdhury

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Shriram Centre, 1968

Architect: Shiv Nath Prasad

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in / 25.4 × 25.4 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 3)

American International School, 1969

Architect: Joseph Allen Stein

Pigment print

2 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 4)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 6)

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Delhi Portfolio (1948 - 1983)

Aerial view of the Central Secretariat, 1972

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

View of South Block, 1955

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

View of South Block and North Block, 1955

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 12 in / 30.4 × 30.4 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 22 in / 55.9 × 55.9 cm (Ed of 6)

Parliament, 1955

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 12 in / 30.4 × 30.4 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 22 in / 55.9 × 55.9 cm (Ed of 6)

India Gate, 1953

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 12 in / 30.4 × 30.4 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 22 in / 55.9 × 55.9 cm (Ed of 6)

Connaught Place, 1948

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

Connaught Place, 1983

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 12 in / 30.4 × 30.4 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 22 in / 55.9 × 55.9 cm (Ed of 6)

Aerial view of Jantar Mantar, 1984

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 12 in / 30.4 × 30.4 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 22 in / 55.9 × 55.9 cm (Ed of 6)

Western Court, Janpath, 1970

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

Aerial view of Qutab Minar, 1972

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

Red Fort, 1981

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

Jama Masjid, 1969

Pigment print

2 sizes available
12 × 18 in / 30.5 × 45.7 cm (Ed of 4)
22 × 33 in / 55.9 × 83.8 cm (Ed of 6)

IIT Delhi: A Modernist Case Study

Main gate: entrance to campus from Outer Ring Road, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 12.5 in (25.4 × 31.75 cm)
20 × 25 in (50.8 × 63.5 cm)
30 × 37.5 in (76.2 × 95.25 cm)
Ed of 10

Institute Main Building: east facade, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
20 × 30 in (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
30 × 45 in (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
Ed of 10

Institute Main Building (west facade) with Engineering Block on left, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
20 × 30 in (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
30 × 45 in (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
Ed of 10

Engineering Block through the connecting passage, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
20 × 30 in (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
30 × 45 in (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
Ed of 10

Lecture theatre, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
20 × 30 in (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
30 × 45 in (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
Ed of 10

Lecture theatre from Engineering Block, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in (25.4 × 25.4 cm)
20 × 20 in (50.8 × 50.8 cm)
30 × 30 in (76.2 × 76.2 cm)
Ed of 10

Engineering Block corridor, Institute Main Building in the background, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in (25.4 × 25.4 cm)
20 × 20 in (50.8 × 50.8 cm)
30 × 30 in (76.2 × 76.2 cm)
Ed of 10

Administrative Block with reflecting pool in foreground, c. 1967

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
20 × 30 in (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
30 × 45 in (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
Ed of 10

Lecture theatre (detail), c. 1967

Pigment print

2 sizes available
20 × 20 in (50.8 × 50.8 cm)
30 × 30 in (76.2 × 76.2 cm)
Ed of 10

Kailash Hostel: interior staircase, c. 1967

Pigment print

2 sizes available
20 × 20 in (50.8 × 50.8 cm)
30 × 30 in (76.2 × 76.2 cm)
Ed of 10

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Models

Models, I

Pigment prints

(set of 36 photographs)
Each photograph is 7 × 10.5 in (17.7 × 26.6 cm)
Ed of 10

Models, II

Pigment prints

(set of 30 photographs)
Each photograph is 10 × 12 in (25.4 × 30.5 cm)
Ed of 10

Additional works from Madan Mahatta archive

Odeon Cinema, 1960

Architect: Kothari & Associates

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Odeon Cinema, 1960

Architect: Kothari & Associates

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Institute of Immunology, JNU, New Delhi, 1987

Architect: Raj Rewal

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Shah Auditorium, Mahatma Gandhi Sanskritik Kendra, Old Delhi

Architect: Kothari & Associates

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Shankuntalam Theatre, Pragati Maidn, New Delhi, 1972

Architect: The Design Group

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 15 in / 25.4 × 38.1 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 30 in / 50.8 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 45 in / 76.2 × 114.3 cm (Ed of 3)

Untitled

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in / 25.4 × 25.4 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 3)

Untitled

Pigment print

3 sizes available
10 × 10 in / 25.4 × 25.4 cm (Ed of 2)
20 × 20 in / 50.8 × 50.8 cm (Ed of 5)
30 × 30 in / 76.2 × 76.2 cm (Ed of 3)