PORTRAITS FRO M INDIA 1 8 5 0 S ­ 1 9 5 0 S – TAASA Review June 2010

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Anne O’Hehir A selection of recently acquired portrait photographs from India form the focus of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) display from its Asia-Pacific collection.

These works are full of tension: between science and art, the past and the present, photography as a tool of documentation and as a site for the imagination.

Western modes of expression jostle with an approach that seems more intrinsically Indian, one in which adornment and ornamentation is fundamental and where reality is not always what it seems...