People of India ( India Photo Archive Foundation)
The People of India was an 8-volume publication compiled by John
Forbes Watson and John William Kaye between 1868 and 1875. Originally
conceived by Lord and Lady Canning, it was an early experiment with
photography as a documentary medium.
The project Re-imaging The People of India 2013 aims at providing a visual
comparative interpretation of an enormously multicultural nation from widely
contrasting standpoints in terms of space and time; the ones who ruled and their
observation and now post-independence, our own self-reflection.
Re-imaging The People of India (1850-2013), a photography exhibition under
the aegis of Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography by India
Photo Archive Foundation.
The Foundation presents a collaborative photographic project by four
eminent contemporary photo practitioners representing different genres of
photography; Dinesh Khanna, Dileep Prakash, Mahesh Bhat and Sandeep Biswas
and curated by Aditya Arya, a leading practitioner, a photo historian and archivist.
This exhibition showcases rare albumin prints from 1850s (from the Aditya
Arya Archive) and the contemporary work on similar communities and