Sunil Gupta: ‘Being in the dark room is healing’

The photographer talks about how his work in the dark room helped him deal with his HIV positive diagnosis.

Untitled from the series Reflections of the Black Experience 1986, printed 2010 Sunil Gupta born 1953 Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection.

Gupta was an active figure in the cultural politics of London in the 1980s, notably through the British Black Arts movement and Autograph ABP (Association of Black Photographers). In his photographs he explores the identity of people who are marginalised due to their race, sexuality or country of origin. Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate is an autobiographical image. It shows a couple (Gupta and his white lover) posing outside a cinema advertising the 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette, the story of a romance between an Asian man and a white man.

In the following interview, photographer Sunil Gupta talks about how his work in the dark room helped him deal with his HIV positive diagnosis. Sunil Gupta was born in New Delhi in 1953 and went to New York City in the 70s to study business. While there he began to photograph the city’s gay community and continued to use the same subject matter for his subsequent photography series in both India and the UK.

Tate, “An interview with Sunil Gupta,” in Smarthistory, December 17, 2020, accessed March 15, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/an-interview-with-sunil-gupta/.

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