Knowledge, Power and the Picturesque: Photography in 19th-century India
This evening we will hear the fascinating story about the historical development of Indian photography and the many challenges that faced the photographers at the time – from the mid-19th-century to around 1900. The talk will explore the varied uses of photography by amateurs, colonial officials, professionals and others in India during the second half of the 19th century. The lecture will be held (in English) by one of the great experts in the field, the photo historian John Falconer, who was for many years Curator of Photographs in the British Library’s Oriental and India Office Collections.
In addition, John Falconer is the author of the catalogue for the special exhibition at the David Collection, “Under Indian Skies – 19th-Century Photographs from a Private Collection” that can be seen until April 28, 2019.