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Illuminating India: photography 1857–2017

2017-11-30 14:27:41  source: www.theguardian.com [Reprint]  author:   editor: 斫子 Su Yuezhuo
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Photography arrived in India in 1839, originally used by the British to document the people, architecture and landscapes of the subcontinent. It also became a medium for Indian people to express their unique experiences of the country. A new Science Museum exhibition, Illuminating India, brings to light previously overlooked Indian photographers who worked in parallel with their foreign counterparts from the 1850s onwards.

1.jpgImage 11 from the Sweet Life series

Photograph: Sohrab Hura

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A wedding portrait of an Indian couple, c 1920-40

Photograph: Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

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Young Warriors, Sitamarhi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2015. From the series A Myth of Two Souls

Photograph: Vasantha Yogananthan

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Boy playing girl, Janakpur, Nepal, 2016, handpainted by Jaykumar Shankar. From the series a Myth of Two Souls

Photograph: Vasantha Yogananthan

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Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India, 1981

Photograph: Mitch Epstein/Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln

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The Promise, Janakpur, Nepal, 2016. From the series a Myth of Two Souls

Photograph: Vasantha Yogananthan

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Unidentified woman of the Zenana, c1870

Photograph: Trustees, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

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Lonavla, Meghraj Cabaret, Bombay, India, 1984

Photograph: Mitch Epstein/Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln

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Interior of the Bada Imambada after the Indian mutiny of 1857, taken in 1858

Photograph: Felice Beato/Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Self-portrait with studio table, c1870

Photograph: Trustees, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

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Rama combing his hair, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2015. From the series A Myth of Two Souls

Photograph: Vasantha Yogananthan

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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 1985

Photograph: Mitch Epstein/Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln

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Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh of Rewa (1876-1918), 1899s

Photograph: Copy/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

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Nehru announces Gandhi’s assassination to a crying crowd at Birla House, Delhi, 30 January 1948

Photograph: Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum

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