P E T E R M I R A G L I A
INDIA : BENGAL and JODHPUR
Excerpt from THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER review
“ETHEREAL INDIA IN PHOTOGRAPHS”
Peter Miraglia's portraits photographed in the Bengal, Rajasthan and Kerala areas of India are richly colored, sensuous, and endowed with a dreamlike strength.
The delicate mix of senses and substance imbues the work with an air of uncontrived refinement.
He delights in creating images that seem both familiar and movingly ethereal, beautiful and actually mundane to the subjects themselves, who, though handsomely clad in their native garb, may just have come in from working in the fields or preparing fuel.
There's a theatrical quality about these photographs, accented by the hail of flickering, flashing colors of draped cloths hung from a tree branch for settings Miraglia created for each portrait.
These touches of bright hue appear to be spontaneous gestures. It's as if Miraglia is using these swaths of local fabric as his translation of feeling into patterns of subjective color - suggesting he may see himself as an heir of the great "fauve" painting tradition with its palette of madcap colors.
In the India series, distinguished also by Miraglia's technical range and ability, there's much to be learned and enjoyed amid the riotous iridescent color.
“Omn and Dinesh”
Such work can be significant as art because Miraglia is able to meet with strangers, inspire their trust and not alter their history, yet dramatize their human dignity and attempt to fathom their character by capturing the alluring effect of stage sets, which each of these provincial portraits unmistakably is.
It's a stunning show.