Monday, January 28, 2013

Retrospective - A New Republic, circa 1950

In 1950, the Constitution of India came into force. These rare monochrome photographs capture the essence of India, a newly fledged Republic.
Taj Mahal

b circa 1950: A boatman propels his boat with a single oar along the Jumna river, in the background rises the Taj Mahal. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Street Wash

Two men taking their morning wash at a public pump on the streets of Calcutta, India. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Indian Billboard

circa 1950: A man buying fruit from a street stall in front of an advertising hoarding promoting several films in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Richard Harrington/Three Lions/Getty Images)
Hooghly River Bath

circa 1950: Men having an early morning wash in Calcutta's busy Hooghly river, with its large freighters in the background. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)


circa 1950: Boats travelling the backwaters near Cochin, in the state of Kerala. (Photo by Siegfried Sammer/Three Lions/Getty Images)
Howrah Bridge
circa 1950: A farmer and his oxcart trudge past the girders of the Howrah bridge over the Hooghly river in Calcutta. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Marriage Symbols
circa 1950: As a priest reads from the scriptures food, symbolising wealth and fecundity, is placed in the hands of a bride. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)Delhi Switchboard

Siegfried Sammer/Three Lions/Getty Images)

Operators at work in the New Delhi Telephone Exchange.