Photographing the Maharajas
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deepali Dewan
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
7 – 8:30 pm
For the third in our series of Maharaja talks, art historian Deepali Dewan explores the photography of Deen Dayal (1844-1905). In a field dominated by Europeans, Deen Dayal stands out for his accomplishments in the early period of photography in India. Originally trained as an engineer, Dayal toured India to photograph archaeological sites and monuments, palaces and forts, places of worship and local landscapes. Deen Dayal worked for many of the most powerful of princely rulers at the end of the nineteenth century, including the Maharajas of Dhar and Gwalior and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Dayal and his staff photographers produced more than 40,000 images in his lifetime. His practice makes an important contribution to our understanding of photographic history.