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Exhibition: Early Portrait Photography in India

The Museum für Fotografie is exhibiting a collection of around 280 portraits taken in India and Sri Lanka during the second half of the 19th century, at the height of Britain’s imperial might.  The collection, which belongs to the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, was thought to have been lost during the Second World War and only came back to Berlin after Germany’s reunification in 1992. 
Works include images by famous photographers such as Samuel Bourne and John Burke, as well as lesser-known artists. Details of the exhibition can be found here.

 

Photo: Shepherd & Robertson, Goldsmith, 1862-63

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