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Exhibition in Berlin | The Colonial Eye : Early Portrait Photography in India

Exhibition in Berlin | The Colonial Eye : Early Portrait Photography in India | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"One of the world's most comprehensive and significant collections of portrait photography from India is on exhibit for the first time. The collection was originally thought to be lost during World War II, only gradually returning to Berlin's National Museums beginning in the 1990s.
Now, around 300 photographs from the second half of the nineteenth century offer a comprehensive overview of portrait photography from the Indian subcontinent. In addition to pictures by renowned photographers and studios such as Samuel Bourne, Sheperd & Robertson, A.T.W. Penn, and John Burke, works by lesser known artists are also on display. Popular and unexpectedly diverse ethnographic photography of the time stands in contrast to stylised street shots of artisans, as well as portraits of nobility, including Islamic princes and princesses, Maharajas, and clan leaders, taken in their own palaces or in artfully set studio scenes.

One unifying aspect of many early portraits is a particularly European view - "The Colonial Eye". In the second half of the nineteenth century, in the name of science and colonialism, the land and its inhabitants were to be apprehended through observation and cataloguing, analysation and measurement. The fascination with India was especially evoked by the strange-looking indigenous peoples and the caste-system, as well as the splendour of the Indian nobility and the austere life of ascetics."

 

Photograph : Bourne & Shepherd (?), Andamanen-Insulaner, um 1880, Albuminabzug

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FotoWala | Maharajas portrait photography in 21st century India | Sephi Bergerson Photography

FotoWala | Maharajas portrait photography in 21st century India | Sephi Bergerson Photography | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

About street photographers and alternative photographic processes in 21st century India, by Sephi Bergerson

 

"Not so long ago, street photographers using big old wooden cameras where a common sight in India. In Jaipur, right next to the wall of the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) there used to be at least ten photographers only a few years back but now there is only one left. The rest must have found some other way to make a living now that everyone has a digital camera, and only an occasional tourist would sometime be interested in these old style pictures as a memento of India..."

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Old and Vintage Photographs of India

Old and Vintage Photographs of India | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

http://121clicks.com/inspirations/old-and-vintage-photographs-of-beautiful-india

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