Paris, Musée Albert-Kahn

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the millionaire banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn (1860-1940) embarked on an ambitious project to create a photographic record of the people of the world. As a part of this enterprise, two photographers were sent to northwest India some 15 years apart. Stéphane Passet filmed the myriad aspects of daily life on the streets of Mumbai from December 1913 to January 1914, then from 1927-1928, Roger Dumas gained access to the world of the princely residences and attended the extraordinary celebrations surrounding the golden jubilee of the Maharajah. The incredible collection of early color photographs and black and white films are organized into two sections within the exhibition, taking the visitor on a visual journey through time to explore the heart and soul of this fascinating region.

The first half of the show invites viewers to reflect on the interplay between similar and contrasting images of water, religious practices and styles of dress. The second half highlights the sovereigns of two princely states: the Maharajah of Kapurthala in the Punjab and the Maharana of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The different experiences of both of the photographers are put together in this exhibition, revealing India's diversity.

June 17, 2008 through March 3, 2009.

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