Some of the most astonishing photographs from ancient India. A treasure, the country known for its culture and heritage. Under the British governance, there has been so much of divinity and significance to these photographs since they transport us altogether to an era full of surprises. Various religion, caste, tribes and what more could one imagine in an incredible country, these portraits do spell some beautiful untold stories, the merchants, traders, women of all ages, the farmers, rich and the poor all in masses.

For a country well known for its diversity, photography can never do justice since a lot of it still remains unexplored and are still waiting to be translated into a piece of photograph. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

Indian Mother And Child

Indian Mother And Child

 

 

In the times of The British Raj

In the times of The British Raj

Bombay Bicycle Club – India

Bombay Bicycle Club - India

Hari Dasu – India

Hari Dasu - India

Woman – Madras, India

Woman - Madras, India

Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab – c1860’s

Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab - c1860's

Family of Thomas de Souza, Bombay, India

Family of Thomas de Souza, Bombay, India

Poor Cripple Beggar’s Ox Cart and Men Standing behind – Calcutta (Kolkata)

Poor Cripple Beggar's Ox Cart and Men Standing behind - Calcutta (Kolkata)

Kanchipuram Temple, India

Kanchipuram Temple, India

Porters, North Bengal – c1856

Porters, North Bengal - c1856

White children, Indian carers

White children, Indian carers

Boy from the caste of scribes – Bengal, c1856

Boy from the caste of scribes - Bengal, c1856

Rabindranath Tagore with Brahmacharyashrama boys – Santiniketan 1903

Rabindranath Tagore with Brahmacharyashrama boys - Santiniketan 1903

Hooghly River Bank after the Cyclone – Calcutta (Kolkata) 1867

Hooghly River Bank after the Cyclone - Calcutta (Kolkata) 1867

Temple, Southern India

Temple, Southern India

Group Photograph of Bhutia People of Darjeeling – 1860’s

Group Photograph of Bhutia People of Darjeeling - 1860's

Parsi woman and son – India

Parsi woman and son - India

Professional Dancing (Nautch) girls in the streets of Old Delhi – India 1906

Professional Dancing (Nautch) girls in the streets of Old Delhi - India 1906

Vintage Studio Photograph of Marwari Traders – Bombay (Mumbai)

Vintage Studio Photograph of Marwari Traders - Bombay (Mumbai)

A Royal Family of India

A Royal Family of India

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India

Andaman Tribals Fishing – Circa 1870

Andaman Tribals Fishing - Circa 1870

Fruit Shop in an Indian Bazaar

Fruit Shop in an Indian Bazaar - 1880's

Two Indian Ladies in Sari – Studio Portraits

Two Indian Ladies in Sari - Studio Portraits

Bridge in Srinagar – Kashmir

Bridge in Srinagar - Kashmir

Indian Woman and Girls Outside of a House

Indian Woman and Girls Outside of a House

Kailash Temple of Ellora, Maharashtra

Kailash Temple of Ellora, Maharashtra

Village Scene, Madura

Village Scene, Madura

The Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, Agra

Women Grinding – India

Women Grinding - India

Shop, Kurseong, India

Shop, Kurseong, India

Enjoying Hookah in an Indian Village

Enjoying Hookah in an Indian Village

Tamil Beauty

Tamil Beauty

The Harbor from the Yacht Club – Bombay

The Harbour from the Yacht Club - Bombay

Toda Woman

Toda Woman

People at the side of River Ganges – Benares (Varanasi)

People at the side of River Ganges - Benares (Varanasi)

Charminar. Street view, Hyderabad

Charminar. Street view, Hyderabad

Bhendy Bazaar, Mumbai

Bhendy Bazaar, Mumbai

Indian Theatrical Group, Mumbai

Indian Theatrical Group, Mumbai

Indian Woman

Indian Woman

Group of Domestic Servants at Madras

Group of Domestic Servants at Madras

Native Barber of Madras

Native Barber of Madras

Portrait of an Indian Village Woman

Portrait of an Indian Village Woman

Portrait of Group of Brahmans

Portrait of Group of Brahmans

Studio Portrait of a Marathi Theatrical troupe – Bombay

Studio Portrait of a Marathi Theatrical troupe - Bombay

Portrait of an Indian Tribal Woman

Portrait of an Indian Tribal Woman

Group Photograph of Workers Repairing Road

Group Photograph of Workers Repairing Road

Great Temples of Tanjore

Great Temples of Tanjore

A Boy of Kadu Kuruba Tribe

A Boy of Kadu Kuruba Tribe

 

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