Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Studio portrait of three Camatti women of the mason caste.--Photographer: Unknown Medium: Photographic print Date: 1860
A Studio portrait of three Camatti women of the mason caste, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. This is one of a series of photographs from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections commissioned by the Government of India in the 19th century in order to gather information about the different racial groups on the sub-continent. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to record the vast diversity of people and their dress, manners, trades, customs and religions. Ethnographical prints were produced by large photographic firms operating in India as well as by smaller or temporary studios to meet European demands for souvenirs from the East.