Photography

Identity narratives

Print edition : November 14, 2014

Higginbotham & Co., Madras and Bangalore, "A Proud Father", tinted phototype postcard, c. 1900, 137 x 88 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Skeen & Co., Ceylon, "Tamil Woman", albumen print, c. 1860-1890, 272 x 210 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Cambridge and Company, "Parsees", albumen print, c. 1890, 184 x 234 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Julian Rust, India, "Dharnidhar Rajya Laxmi Rana, Maharani of Tiloi (Eldest daughter of Sir Baber Chandra Shamsher Rana)", gelatin silver print, c. 1890-1920, 287 x 231 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Plate & Co., Ceylon, "Group of Kandyan Chiefs", albumen print, c. 1890, 205 x 257 mm). Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Unknown photographer and artist, "Hakim Ajmal Khan and Family" (Hakim Ajmal Khan was a noted Indian freedom fighter, president of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League and the founder and the first Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi), gelatin silver print and watercolour, c. 1890-1920, 556 x 711 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Skeen & Co., Ceylon (attribution), “ " Tea Plantation, Ceylon ” " , albumen print, c. 1860-1890, 212 x 267 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

William Johnson (attribution), “ " Owdich Brahmins ” " from The Oriental Races and Tribes, Residents and Visitors of Bombay, Vol. II, albumen print, c. 1866, 230 x 177 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Samuel Bourne, "Toda Village and Todas, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu", albumen print, 1869, 229 x 285 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Plate & Co., Colombo and Nuwara Eliya, "Group of Veddahs", albumen print and watercolour, c. 1890-1900, 235 x 286 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Gobindram & Oodeyram (attribution), "Parched Grain Seller", albumen print, c. 1880-1900, 109 x 137 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Adolphe Philip Klier, "A Burmese Villager with Tattooed Body", albumen print, c. 1887-1895, 271 x 212 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Plate & Co., Ceylon, "Cigarette" , phototype postcard, c. 1900-1910, 137 x 88 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Felice Beato, "Crucified Dacoits by the Villagers near Myingyan" , albumen print, 1885, 201 x 268 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Gobindram & Oodeyram (attribution), "A Nautch Girl at her Toilet", albumen print, c. 1880, 126 x 163 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Unknown photographer, "The Hairy family of Burma", albumen print, c. 1890, 235 x 182 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Felice Beato, "Commander in Chief of the Burmese Army in Court Dress", albumen print, c. 1880-1885, 258 x 197 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Unknown photographer and Devi Lal (Udaipur), “ " Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia II of Gwalior ” " (1886-1925), gelatin silver print and oil paint, c. 1920-1925, 588 x 407 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

S.B. Syed Dabhol, unknown artist, "Lady Painting a Portrait", gelatin silver print and water colour, c. 1920-1940, 223 x 280 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Bourne & Shepherd, Photographers to H.E. The Viceroy, Calcutta, "Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur" (1849-1930, platinum print, c. 1876-1900, 366 x 274 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Bourne & Shepherd, Photographers to H.E. The Viceroy, Calcutta; D.L. Udaipur, Mewar, "Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur" (1849-1930, platinum print and oil paint, c. 1876-1900, 534 x 411 mm. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Portrait photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries from the Alkazi collection make for a rich visual interpretive history and contribute to a nuanced understanding of many contemporary quandaries.

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