Compton Verney hosts an exhitbition of photographer Masterjis work.
The largest ever exhibition of work by one of British photography’s true pioneers opens at Compton Verney in 2022. Remarkably, in a career spanning seven decades, it was just six years ago that Maganbhai Patel (1924 – 2018), more widely known as Masterji, finally achieved national recognition at the age of 94 with a solo show, as part of Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture. In Compton Verney’s comprehensive survey of Masterji’s career - Through the Lens of Masterji - visitors will be able to see and enjoy photographs and portraits taken between the 1950s and the 2000s, charting the South Asian community in Coventry and the West Midlands – including many which have not been publicly displayed before. The images also provide an important socio-historic record of people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh settling into a new country and establishing themselves over successive generations.