A history of photography in India—in photos, of course

Jan 31, 2019 - Quartz

Many of the very first photographs of India and Indians reflect their takers’ othering gaze.

Not long after the camera was invented in the 19th century, it was often used by the British empire to document its colonies’ people and places in exoticised ways, a tool of imperialist propaganda.

But in the decades that followed, other foreign photographers captured India in a much less condescending way, and Indians themselves eventually made photography their own. Pioneering photojour...