Images of India
Held at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1960, Images of India was a group photography exhibition directly inspired by another significant international photography exhibition, The Family of Man. Images of India took place three years after that exhibition, and at the same venue, drawing heavily from its curatorial approach and design to realise its objective: “the revolutionization of the conception of Photographic Exhibitions in India.”
The organisers invited entries from photographers across the country, receiving a total of 135,000 submissions. Of these, 246 photographs were selected and displayed under six themes – “Architecture & Sculpture,” “Work & Worship,” “Birth, Marriage & Death,” “Womanhood,” “City Sights & Village Ways” and “Planning & Progress.” The final exhibition included the work of 105 photographers from India – including AL Syed, Pramod Pati, Sunil Janah, Jitendra Aya and S. Paul – and one visiting French photographer, Jean Hermans. It ran from February 12th to the 22nd and was sponsored by photographers RJ Chinwalla and JN Unwalla, along with nineteen other photographic societies from around the country. The printing of the photographs was facilitated by Allied Photographic Private Limited, the distributors of Gevaert products in India, who provided free photographic paper and darkroom services to photographers for a year in support of the exhibition.
In December 1960, forty eight photographs from Images of India – along with a text by Chinwalla on the making of the exhibition – were published in the landmark photography issue of Marg Magazine, Photography: Images of India.
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Staff Reporter. “Images of India.” Times of India. February 13, 1960.