Indian Treasures

In recognition of 70 years of Indian independence, Getty Images Gallery presents a selection of the earliest photographic views of the subcontinent. The landscapes and portraits were photographed predominantly by Europeans keenly aware of the increasingly exotic tastes of their Western audience. As such, the style and composition of the works reflect a somewhat romantic aesthetic familiar to the Victorian era tourists and temporary residents seeking a distinctive memento of their time in this captivating country. 

Much of the material for Indian Treasures was sourced from the Getty Archive's fabled Vintage Room. Highlights include four large period albums, recently restored, revealing proud Maharajahs bedecked in pearls and precious stones as well as dozens of vintage large-format glass plate negatives and albumen prints. The exhibition also features colour prints made using the rarely seen photocrom process. 

Admission is free. For more information see Getty Images Gallery

Image: Hulton Archive, Getty Images

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