Head and shoulders portrait of a young South Indian woman, Madras.
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a young South Indian woman in Madras, shown at the1867 Paris exhibition, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. It is one of a series of photographs commissioned by the Government of India in the late 19th century in an attempt to gather information about the tribes, races and castes of the sub-continent. Material was submitted by professional and amateur photographers working in studios and in the field. This photograph was attributed to the Madras School of Industrial Arts, established in 1850, an important training centre for photographers in the area.