Monday, January 16, 2012

Meet India's first lady photographer Homai Vyarawalla - Rediff.com News

Meet India's first lady photographer Homai Vyarawalla - Rediff.com News: "Homai Vyarawalla, India's first lady photographer, tells Rediff.com's Sanchari Bhattacharya why she chose to walk away from news photography while still at the top.
Part I of the interview: 'Gandhi should never have agreed to Partition'

Homai Vyarawalla started her photographic career in Mumbai, the city where she moved to for further studies from her native Navsari in Gujarat. She earned a diploma in art at the prestigious Sir J J School of Arts.

Though she was attracted to painting, she realised soon enough that it would not bring much money. Photography was "something new, something interesting and artistic enough." Plus, it paid well -- she received Re 1 for each of her initial photographs, a good sum those days.

Vyarawalla's photographs of Mumbai -- taken in the late 1930s and early 1940s -- tell the story of a city that still managed to sleep at night, which gave its residents the time and space to catch a breath.

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