This project analyses the photographic work of Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905), arguably one of the most well-known and prolific photographers in 19th-century India, and his studios in Indore, Hyderabad, and Bombay as a way to gain insight into the dynamics of colonialism, nationalism, and modernity during a particularly transformative period in South Asia’s history. Field work consisted of examination of museum collections, archival research and interviews with his descendents. This project was carried out with art historian Deborah Hutton. It has resulted in a major book (in press) and a ROM exhibit (TBD).
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