Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The Painted Photograph, Brunei Gallery

Images from here

The exhibition includes portraits of Indian rulers standing against dramatic and theatrical backdrops; studio and court images organised thematically. Ranging from aspects of kingship to modes of art practice, exploring the period of the British Raj from the 1860’s to the 1930’s.

I do not know why but this exhibition really appeals to me. I love the painterly quality to the photographs that resemble Mughal miniatures.


materfamilias said...

I love these as well -- they further muddy the border between photography and art, plus I love the idea of the various layers of viewing through viewfinder, chemical developing, and then intimacy of the brushwork and finally the viewing of the finished portraits.

Make-up Chic said...

Include the painting of Rani Laxmibai the QUEEN OF JHANSI. She was beautiful and majestic!