Studio portrait of two Rajputs, Bombay.
Photographer: Chintamon, Hurrichund
Medium: Photographic print
Full-length portrait of two Rajput men, seated on either side of a table, taken by Hurrichund Chintamon and exhibited in the Paris Exhibition of 1867. This is one of a series of photographs from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, commissioned by the Government of India. 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. Hurrichund Chintamon was an Indian photographer who had the oldest firm in Bombay.