Photography in the National Galleries of Scotland
Head of a Drowned Woman (after Shunei). 1984
platinum-palladium print, (from 20x25cm original negative)
Purchased 1987 #PGP100.8
Sara Stevenson and Duncan Forbes, A Companion Guide to Photography in the National Galleries of Scotland
2001 edition p.182:
‘Pradip Malde was born in Arusha, Tanzania, the son of east Indian émigrés to east Africa. He has lived and worked subsequently in India, Spain, Britain and the United States. After graduating from Glasgow school of Arts in 1980 he lived in Orkney for four years and subsequently taught at Napier University in Edinburgh. Throughout this period, Malde experimented with the platinum printing process, helping to revive it through the use of ammonium-based compounds, rather than the more traditional, toxic processes. Since moving to the United States he has continued to explore photographic processing, teaching an innovative ‘Chemistry and Art’ course at a university in Tennessee.
Malde works in a variety of photographic genres, including still life, portraiture and landscape. His imagery is poetic and exquisitely produced, exploiting brilliantly the tonal subtlety of the platinum process. Malde’s vision is highly personalized, drawing on an eclectic range of visual sources and mystical practices. As he wrote in 1995:
Photographs are windows into other worlds and other times, and as such, are capable of generating magic. Magic defies truth… much of my imagery has been formed from a conviction that certain juxtapositions, certain placements of day to day events and objects can, if seen by attuned eye, be revelatory and magical.