Accompanying catalogue to the exhibition ‘A Shifting Focus: Photography in India 1850-1900,’ which was exhibited at various venues across India from 1995 to 1996. Includes colour and black-and-white reproductions of included works.
‘Selected from the vast archives of the British Library’s Oriental and Indian Office Collections, this exhibition of 150 facsimile photographs, highlights the “golden age” of photography in India, a period which witnessed the flowering of amateur and commercial photography throughout the subcontinent. The half century, 1850-1900, covered by this exhibition heralded an unprecedented level of experimentation in both the technical and function development of the medium. It confirmed, what many had long believe, that at its best photography in India during the nineteenth century compares favourably with the finest produced anywhere else in the world.’(Preface)
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