ISBN 9788189995409,The Artful Pose: Early Studio Photography In Mumbai C. 1855-194

The Artful Pose: Early Studio Photography In Mumbai C. 1855-194


Rahaab Allana


Mapin Publishing



Mapin Publishing

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788189995409

ISBN-10 8189995405


Number of Pages 88 Pages
Language (English)


Drawn from the remarkable Alkazi Collection of Photography, this book traces the arrival, dissemination and development of photography in Bombay between the mid-19th and early-20th century. Photography arrived in Mumbai as early as 1840, via trade, as well as through European explorers and government officials, and the city quickly grew to be one of the largest centres of photography's patronage and dissemination in India. The British recorded and documented the various castes and tribes of India, using the medium of photography. This gradually led to the experimentation with portraiture and performance in numerous studios. This book uses enduring images of families, events and landscapes to examine the work of the early Indian photographers Shapoor Bhedwar, Dr. Narayan Daji and S. Hormusji, and independent firms such as Bourne & Shepherd, to highlight the trends that dominated the early years of photography in India.

About the Author
Rahaab Allana is Curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. He was earlier Assitant Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Rahaab is a graduate in Art History (M.A.) from School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Partha Mitter is Hon. D. Lit (Courtauld Institute, London), Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex and member of Wolfson College, Oxford. Akshaya Tankha is Research Scholar at Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, and Curatorial Assistant for the exhibition, The Artful Pose. Suryanandini Sinha is Ph. D. candidate at School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlala Nehru University, New Delhi researching "The Intercepted Photograph: Interactions of Painting and Digital Media with Studio Photography in India".

Table of Contents
Foreword: K.G. Subramanyan
The Empress of Solitude: Ina Puri
From Kali to Durga: Anil Dharker
Rini Dhumal's Woman: Mahesh Elkunchwar
Reiterations--Self in the Making: Roobina Karode
Watercolour and mixed media
Other media
TraveloguesExcerpts from limited edition books by Rini Dhumal
A Woman with Wings: Karan Grover
Illustrated Biography
The Contributors