“We can neither so simply conserve [the City Walls] as would the romantic or the archaeologist, nor yet so simply destroy them with the boulevardier. Keeping constantly before us as central to our problem, the continuous and expanding life of the whole city, we may now go round the walls in detail, and see how far the contrasted, yet not irreconcilable demands, of conservative and radical, may be practically met.”

Patrick geddes | Notes on Ahmedabad, 1915

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Urbs Indis is an urban aerial photography studio and archival library founded by Mumbai based architect and artist Robert D Stephens (RMA Architects). Since 2007 he has been documenting urban India from 10,000 feet above sea level, in black and white as well as colour photography.

His first exhibition of 24 black and white photographs, Mumbai Articles (2014), launched at his representative gallery, ARTISANS’ in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Subsequent exhibitions include Madras Transit (2015) at Amethyst, Chennai, Mumbai North (2016) and Mumbai Shadows (2017).

Simultaneous to the creation of contemporary imagery, Robert is actively engaged in the acquisition and preservation of rare books and antiquarian maps related to cities of India. Archival material from the Urbs Indis Library is juxtaposed with contemporary aerial photographs, weaving the two art forms into a photo-literary tapestry.

He is currently working on a number of upcoming photo series and writing a book.

 Robert is represented by ARTISANS’ at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Urbs Indis is an urban aerial photography studio and archival library founded by Mumbai based architect and artist Robert D Stephens (RMA Architects). Since 2007 he has been documenting urban India from 10,000 feet above sea level, in black and white as well as colour photography.

His first exhibition of 24 black and white photographs, Mumbai Articles (2014), launched at his representative gallery, ARTISANS’ in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Subsequent exhibitions include Madras Transit (2015) at Amethyst, Chennai, Mumbai North (2016) and Mumbai Shadows (2017).

Simultaneous to the creation of contemporary imagery, Robert is actively engaged in the acquisition and preservation of rare books and antiquarian maps related to cities of India. Archival material from the Urbs Indis Library is juxtaposed with contemporary aerial photographs, weaving the two art forms into a photo-literary tapestry.

He is currently working on a number of upcoming photo series and writing a book.

 Robert is represented by ARTISANS’ at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Upcoming Series

Landfills

Calcutta

Mumbai East

Navi Mumbai

Patna

Jaipur

Contact

The work of Urbs Indis is realized through the support of engaged citizens.  If you are interested in having your city documented through an aerial-historical lens, please write to [email protected]

Detailed pricelist of limited edition signed prints on 350 gsm Hahnemuehle museum etching archival paper is available on request.

Urbs Indis is an urban aerial photography studio and archival library founded by Mumbai based architect and artist Robert D Stephens (RMA Architects). Since 2007 he has been documenting urban India from 10,000 feet above sea level, in black and white as well as colour photography.

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