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September 08, 2015

Reliving History Through Figures in Time

Text by Huzan Tata. Photos courtesy Tasveer.

Journey through the past with black and white images from India’s oldest photography studio

Two men. One studio. Three centuries of business. That is the story of one of the oldest photographic companies in the world. Started by Charles Shepherd and Samuel Bourne in 1866, the studio was set up in Calcutta (Kolkata today) and continues operations till this day. Tasveer’s latest exhibition, Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time, gives viewers a chance to see the works produced by this famed studio, which was patronised by royalty, Europeans and the country’s urban nobility during its heydays. Go ahead, relive history through these monochrome photos of India.

Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time is organised by Tasveer in collaboration with MAP as part of the gallery’s 10th season of exhibitions and is presented in Mumbai in partnership with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.

Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time is on display at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (91A, Rani Baug, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla) until September 15, 2015.

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