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The past comes to light

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Drawn from Light and A Vintage Camera Collection Exhibition, both kicking off from 19 August puts together some of the oldest photographs from across the country.

Drawn From Light is an exhibition that brings forth the syncretic culture of India, through some of the earliest surviving photographic images of the Indian sub-continent. The exhibition is based on two previously held exhibitions - Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia at the Rubin Museum (New York, 2013) and Unveiling India, the Early Lensmen (1850-1910) at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Brussels, 2013-14).

The exhibition organised in collaboration with The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts for the first time in India, exhibits various aspects of the earliest history of photography of India and its neighbors. The exhibition puts on show the rich tradition of both portrait and landscape photography through approximately 200 original photographs from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries of the Indian sub-continent.

The exhibition is curated by Rahaab Allana, and is in association with the two co-curators from the associated Museums - Rubin Museum (Beth Citron) and Royal Fine Art Museum (Davy Depelchin). The photographs are from the archives of The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.

One part of the display presents the works of early photographers, from Alexander Greenlaw’s photographs of the ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom in South India to Dr. John Murray’s systematically captured buildings.

The other part of the exhibition showcases the dynamics of portraiture in the sub-continent - an early visual trajectory cutting through the current political border. In this part, the exhibition features a series of cityscapes and portraits that highlights the life of people in their socio-cultural setting or a studio and illustrates how the cultural history of India was deeply aligned with the representation of its people.

A Vintage Camera Collection Exhibition will be showcasing rare cameras and select original prints of the world-renowned photographer Henry Cartier Bresson on the occasion of World Photography Day on 19 August.

The cameras come from the Vintage Camera Collection of Dilish Parekh, holder of Guinness Book of World Record for his collection. Parekh, a photo journalist, has a collection of 4,425 cameras made by Rolliflex, Canon and Nikon amongst others that dates back to 1907.

The exhibition will also showcase from the archives some rare, original works of Henri Cartier Bresson, the French photographer who is considered to be the father of photojournalism.

Vintage Camera Collection
WHEN: 19 August, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
WHERE: Media Centre Foyer Area, 3 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, IGNCA

Drawn from Light
WHEN:  20 August to 30 September, 10 am - 7 pm,
WHERE : Twin Art Gallery, IGNCA, C.V. Mess, Janpath

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