If Cubist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz claimed that art is a denial of death, then photographer Rahul Kumar Das audaciously disproves this assertion in his photographic essay “Sanguinity.” In his piece, Das becomes not only witness to, but documentarian of the art of dying. What makes this work all the more striking is that the subject is the artist’s father.
During the last three years of his father’s life, Das became his primary caretaker. Remaining true to his artist soul, he employs his camera to capture the disturbing paradox of the human condition in its final days: indignity and dignity, frailty and resilience, sadness and beauty, love and fear. In his work, he draws back the curtain on the most sacred of human experiences to reveal the truth of our common mortality.