Raja Deen Dayal Artist-Photographer in 19th-Century India by Deepali Dewan & Deborah Hutton
4to. pp. 232. 161 illustrations. bibliography. hardcover. dw. (near fine). [London]: Alkazi Collection of Photography & [Ahmedabad]: Mapin Publishing, .
ISBN-10: 1935677365 / ISBN 13: 9781935677369
During his lifetime, the path-breaking and prolific lensman Raja Deen Dayal (1884-1905) was one of the most widely recognised photographers from the Indian subcontinent. Today he remains among the most celebrated figures from this earlier era. This book brings together for the first time extensive archival research with close analyses of the significant body of Dayal's work preserved in the Alkazi Collection of Photography. Over the course of his remarkable career, Dayal opened studios in Indore, Secunderabad, and Bombay, employing over fifty staff photographers and assistants. Together, they produced more than 30,000 images of architecture, landscape, and people that have played a central role in how India's past has been visualized. This volume explores varied topics, from Dayal's public works, state visit, and hunting photographs to his images chronicling India's elite and growing middle classes. In this way, lays the groundwork to rethink the history and practice of photography in India: as a commercial business, as an engagement with new technology, and as an aesthetic enterprise