Photography

Colonial gaze

Print edition : October 31, 2014

John Murray, The Taj Mahal with ruins in the foreground, Agra;waxed-paper negative, c. 1858-1862, 378 x 457 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

John Murray.

John Murray, "View of the Taj Mahal from the bank of River Yamuna, Agra"; albumen print, c. 1858-1862, 399 x 483 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Lala Deen Dayal, "Amber: General View of Palace, Jaipur"; albumen print, photographer’s ref. 1759, c. 1870-1890, 197 x 267 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, Tanjore, view showing the old moat and ramparts of Tanjore;albumen print, photographer’s ref. 2043, c. 1863-1869, 181 x 312 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, "Cascade on the Scinde River, Cashmere" [Kashmir];albumen print, photographer’s ref. 980, c. 1861, 237 x 293 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, "Kashmir: View on Dal Canal, Srinagar"; albumen print, photographer’s ref. 825, c. 1863-1869, 240 x 289 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Unknown photographer, "Causeway, Bombay"; gelatin silver prints on stereo-card, c. 1890, 163 x 109 mm (103 x 73 mm each). Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Unknown photographer, "Mahamakam Tank, Kumbhakonam, Tanjore"; albumen print, c. 1860-1890, 237 x 294 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, "Hindoo Sacrifice, Kali Ghât, Calcutta", albumen print, photographer’s ref. 1713 D, c. 1863-1869, 233 x 294 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, "Trichinopoly"; albumen print, photographer’s ref. 2055, c. 1863-1869, 178 x 312 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

W.W. Hooper, "Madras Famine Coolies"; albumen print, 1876-1878, 165 x 216 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

William Johnson (attribution), "Nagur Bráhmins", from The Oriental Races and Tribes, Residents and Visitors of Bombay (Vol. I); Albumen Print, c. 1863, 230 x 176 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Bourne & Shepherd, "Burra Bazar, Calcutta"; phototype postcard, c. 1890-1920, 136 x 88 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

William Johnson (attribution), "Khumbars of Kutch" from The Oriental Races and Tribes, Residents and Visitors of Bombay (Vol. I); albumen print, c. 1863, 178 x 228 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

William Johnson (attribution), "Banians of Surat, Gogo and Ahmedabad", from The Oriental Races and Tribes, Residents and Visitors of Bombay (Vol. I); albumen print, c. 1863, 229 x 176 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

William Johnson (attribution), "Parbhu Women of Bombay" from The Oriental Races and Tribes, Residents and Visitors of Bombay (Vol. II); albumen print, c. 1866, 229 x 178 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Madhu Gopal, "Vitthala Temple Complex", digital copy, c. 2005, 36 mm.

Alexander Greenlaw, "Vitthala Temple, Chariot-shrine and Mandapas"; modern positive (c. 1999-2000) from waxed paper negative, 1856, 429 x 481 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

“Drawn from Light”, an exhibition of photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries by British and Indian photographers, shows how the new medium functioned as an essential tool in colonial historiography.

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