Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal

Elisabetta Marabotto recommends Raja Deen Dayal’s exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum

London: The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is hosting “Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal” until January 2014.

Studio Portrait of Raja Deen Dayal

Studio Portrait of Raja Deen Dayal. Image Credit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/between-princely-india-and-the-british-raj-the

Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905) was the first Indian photographer to achieve international success. Over the course of his career, Dayal documented Indian history, artistic heritage, and its landscapes and peoples. In 1894, he was also appointed court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad.

Monkeys at the temple at Onkarjee, Raja Deen Dayal

Monkeys at the temple at Onkarjee, Raja Deen Dayal. Image Credit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/between-princely-india-and-the-british-raj-the

The present exhibition features over 100 photographs from three main collections including the ROM’s collection.

A view of the North Gate of the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Raja Deen Dayal

A view of the North Gate of the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Raja Deen Dayal. Image Credit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/between-princely-india-and-the-british-raj-the

This exhibition was oraganised in collaboration with The Alkazi Collection of Photography, New Delhi, and coincides with a major publication: “Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India.”

Char Minar, from album "Views of India", Raja Deen Dayal

Char Minar, from album “Views of India”, Raja Deen Dayal. Image Credit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/events-calendar/raja-deen-dayal-revealed

Concurring with the exhibition there will be an event held on 9 May at the Museum.

For more information on the exhibition and event click here.

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