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Getty Images Gallery Launches Indian Treasures – A Historical Collection of Eclectic Images from Pioneering Photographers

July 25, 2017 • Getty Images Gallery

 – Indian Treasures at Getty Images Gallery, London, 2nd August to 7th October 2017

 – Exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence

 – Prints available for purchase from early photographic explorers such as Samuel Bourne, John Edward Saché and Felice Beato

Getty Images Gallery today announces its latest exhibition, Indian Treasures. Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, this insightful exhibition will showcase a range of historical and rarely seen images that provide some of the earliest photographic documentation of India, displaying the incredible technical and artistic ability of early ground-breaking photographers.

Drawn from the world-renowned Getty Images Hulton Archive, which houses over 100 million images, the exhibition features extraordinary imagery such as a recently uncovered work by the great Indian photographer of the age, Lala Deen Dayal, or a series of remarkable portraits gathered from a mysterious four-volume album of the princes and rulers of India. A tantalising note reveals the set has only one other copy – presented to Queen Victoria herself.

The exhibition will further capture imaginations with vintage prints from legendary photographers Samuel Bourne, John Edward Saché and Felice Beato, who brought this vibrant country to western audiences for the first time.

Matthew Butson, Vice President, Getty Images Archive said: “A complex landscape and medley of influences, India has long been a springboard for the imagination, not least for some of photography’s pioneers.  After what has felt like a thrilling archaeological dig, we could not be more excited to share these incredible images – and stories – with gallery visitors.”

With all prints for sale, visitors to the exhibition can enjoy these incredible images and stories within both the gallery space and the comfort of their own home.

Getty Images Gallery Manager, Amie Lewis comments: “Our aim at the Getty Images Gallery is to make accessible to the general public these incredible cultural treasures from the Getty Images Archive.  We welcome admirers and collectors alike to immerse themselves in Indian Treasures.”

The Indian Treasures exhibition takes place from 2nd August – 7th October 2017 at the Getty Images Gallery. An exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the Gallery.

The exhibition is available to travel, please contact the Getty Images Gallery if interested in hosting the exhibition once its London season has closed.

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Notes to editors

Photographer background

Samuel Bourne (1834 – 1912)

  • Samuel Bourne is considered one of the most prolific 19th Century travel photographers
  • Bourne travelled throughout India from 1863 – 1870
  • The studio he opened in Calcutta only closed in 2016, making it one of the oldest photographic businesses in the world
  • To carry his equipment, he is said to have needed up to 30 porters

Felice Beato (1832 – 1909)

  • Born in Venice, Beato was two when his family moved to Corfu
  • When news of Indian Mutiny reached Beato, he decided to head east and photograph the full horror of the war for the first time
  • Beato would later go on to produce some of the earliest surviving photographs of China and Japan

John Edward Saché (1865 – 1882)

  • John Edward Saché was one of the more prominent 19th century European photographers in India.
  • He began his career in America and then surfaced in Calcutta in 1865, where he formed a partnership with Westfield.
  • During his 20 years in India, Saché travelled extensively throughout northern India, covering major sites and towns, and produced an accomplished collection of images, proving himself a master of the picturesque composition.

 

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