Photography in India

The New Medium: Photography In India 1855-1930, Prahlad Bubbar, 33 Cork Street, London, W1, until 10 July 2015

Dr. John Murray. Gardens of the Taj Mahal. Agra, circa 1856.  Albumen print, 37.8 x 43.4 cm

Dr. John Murray. Gardens of the Taj Mahal. Agra, circa 1856.
Albumen print, 37.8 x 43.4 cm

The newly invented camera was first seen in India in 1840 and it was a perfect marriage as amateur photographers were keen to capture the architecture, landscapes, peoples and sacred sites in this new medium.

Raja Deen Dayal. Maharaja Bhan Pratap Singh of Bijawar. Central India, circa 1882  Albumen print, 19.5 x 26.5 cm

Raja Deen Dayal. Maharaja Bhan Pratap Singh of Bijawar. Central India, circa 1882
Albumen print, 19.5 x 26.5 cm

This elegant exhibition shows important and rare photographs from the 1850s to the 1920s by leading photographers such as Raja Deen Rayal, the Nicholas brothers, Dr. John Murray and Man Ray. They provide a haunting glimpse into a world now changed or lost forever, especially those of the Princes and their courts.

Raja Deen Dayal. The Maharaja of Bijawar, with European Chairs. Central India, circa 1882.  Albumen print, 19 x 27 cm.

Raja Deen Dayal. The Maharaja of Bijawar, with European Chairs. Central India, circa 1882.
Albumen print, 19 x 27 cm.

 

 Nicholas Bros. The Qutb Shahi Tombs. Golconda, circa 1870s.  Albumen print, 23 x 29.7 cm.

Nicholas Bros. The Qutb Shahi Tombs. Golconda, circa 1870s.
Albumen print, 23 x 29.7 cm.

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Man Ray. Maharaja Yeshwantrao Holkar II. Signed by Man Ray and stamped on the verso: ‘Man Ray/31bis Rue/Campagne/Première/PARIS/Littre 76-57’, circa 1930 Gelatin silver print, 23.2 x 17.5 cm

Man Ray. Maharaja Yeshwantrao Holkar II. Signed by Man Ray and stamped on the verso: ‘Man Ray/31bis Rue/Campagne/Première/PARIS/Littre 76-57’, circa 1930
Gelatin silver print, 23.2 x 17.5 cm

 

 

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