India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911

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Here, in more than 250 extraordinary photographs, is a showcase of the fabled days of the British Raj. India was at the vanguard of the explosion of photography and the early photographers, both Indian and foreign, mainly British, who strove to document and reveal the landscapes, peoples, cultures, and architecture of the subcontinent. India Through the Lens reveals the history and importance of photography in India, from the appeal of the panorama to the documentation of people, places, and princes. The early Indian photographer, Lala Deen Dayal for example, was unique in being embraced by both worlds- that of the British and the world of Indian Maharajahs. This book appeals to specialists and non-specialists alike- all those who love early photography, British India and the romance of the Raj.

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Divided into thematic sections, the volume takes a look at individual genres of photography in India. These include city panoramas, documentary records of architectural monuments and native peoples of India, images of war, landscapes, portraits of the Maharajas, images of the British Enpire, and nativie Indian photographers, focusing in particular on the remarkable Lala Deen Dayal. While the approach is very aware of the often intertwined roles of photograhy and colonialism, the deciding factor in the selection of the images is aesthetic quality. The book accompanies an exhibition held at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. It is the first publication to focus on this subject in such depth.

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Vidya Deheja is Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. She is the author of "Impossible Picturesques: Edward Lear's Indian Watercolors 1873-1875" (1989) and coauthor of "From Merchants to Emperors: British Artists and India 1757-1930" (1986) and many other publications.

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