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India, in the mirror of photographers


90 original prints from the second half of the 19th century illustrate the greatness of Indian civilization through landscapes, architecture, scenes of everyday life and characters. Presenting ninety original prints, landscapes, architecture, scenes of everyday life or characters, this exhibition illustrates the greatness of Indian civilization, and how photographers of the second half of the 19th century shaped abroad the image of a country for many still mysterious and unknown. In 1839 the birth of photography was announced in Paris. Immediately, the British press echoed in major Indian cities. A decade later, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras are the focus of this technical and artistic development. The Raj, British India, founded in 1858, provided a framework for its development, including through military, even before the arrival of talented civilians. Among them, Sergeant Linnaeus Tripe began in 1854 and presented himself at the Madras exhibition where the jury described his work as “the best series of photographic views on paper”. The quality of his prints makes him a major author of the beginnings of photography. Shortly thereafter, William Baker, a retired sergeant,...

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