Smithsonian

Man Diving

Instant exposure changed the art form of photography. This picture by the Indian artist Raghubir Singh reminds of a still-wondrous quality of the camera—its ability to freeze forever a moment so fleeting that it cannot be fully seen or felt as it happens.

Credit: Man Diving by Raghubir Singh. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of artist. Copyright © 1987 Raghubir Singh/Succession, Raghubir Singh.