Long Exposure-The Camera at Udaipur 1857-1957 published by Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust, under the aegis of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur. Authored by Pramod Kumar KG and Mrinalini Venkateswaran with contributions by S. Girikumar and Lauren Power was unveiled on Sunday, 18th May 2014 in a function held at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
Painstakingly documented over several years, the photographic collection of the Pictorial Archives of the Maharanas of Mewar belonging to the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur, constitute one of the most significant collections of early photography in India today. Its importance lies in its range: the images are not only a record of the evolution of photographic technology and photography as it was practiced at Udaipur, but also reflect the changing taste of patrons and practitioners, and the society in which they lived and worked. Curated and exhibited for the first time in 2009, this eponymous volume is the first comprehensive introduction to this rich collection. While recalling the story of the royal collectors and their engagements with photography, photographers and the printed image, the book traces the archiving process and subsequent study of the collection.
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