Collections

From the Background to the Foreground: The Photo Backdrop and Cultural Expression, curated by James B. Wyman.

A major traveling exhibition and publication of hand-painted itinerant and studio photography backdrops, related contemporary art and folk art, portraits, props, photographic apparatus, audio and video from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. The first major exhibition and publication to consider this world-wide phenomenon and its effects on understandings of photographic and cultural representation as well as its influences on and immersion in contemporary art practice. This exhibition contained large Indian studio backdrops from Nayak’s collection.

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Raja Deen Dayal : Photographer

Lala Deen Dayal (also known as Raja Deen Dayal) was a Indian photographer. His career began in the mid-1870s as a commissioned photographer; eventually he set up studios in Indore, Mumbai and Hyderbad. He became the court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Khan, Asif Jah VI, who awarded him the title Musawwir Jung Raja Bahadur, and he was appointed as the photographer to the Viceroy of India in 1885. In this collection, Nayak has more than 80 photographs.

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Vintage Indian Photographs 

Probably the major reason for collecting vintage photographs is that one enjoys looking at images. When you look at a vintage photograph, you are looking into someone else’s life back through time and into an era that does not exists any more. By collecting these images, one is helping to preserve them for future generations. Hours spent looking at these amazing bits of history are very memorable!