70 years of Independence, India is now a long way ahead celebrating freedom and democracy. Every Independence Day celebration unveils some great events whether it be the glorious parade at New Delhi or the flag hoisting at different corners of India. Also, many other countries organize some events to celebrate Independence Day. Getty Images Gallery in London has organized an exhibition on the occasion of 70th Independence Day from 1st August till 7th October. Rare Images of India photographed by the European artists would be presented in the exhibition.The exhibition would be a major show of attraction depicting the country's beautiful history.
The material for the Indian Treasures was sourced from the Getty Archives Fabled Vintage room. Every masterpiece here conveys a story behind the portrait and the details of the photographs are a subject of appreciation.
Have a look at these 15 amazing pictures of early Indian photography.
Taj Mahal is one of the oldest monuments in Indian history depicting the eternal love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. This is the earliest photographic records of Taj Mahal by Felice Beato in 1859.
From the 1850s, East India Company employees and missionaries started documenting daily life in India. This photograph of a troupe of musicians outside a Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling (West Bengal), is a perfect example of this preoccupation which Britishers practised.
This photograph showcases the view of Girgaum Road, Bombay (Mumbai) in circa 1900 which is a sample of the Vintage Colour Photochrom by a Zurich-based Photoglob Company. It involved the colourising black-white prints and was very popular in the 1890s.
This portrait is a part of a lavish set of albums featuring Maharaja Jai Singh Prabhakar of Alwar and other Maharajas from different regions of India. It was presented to Queen Victoria. These pictures were photographed when Maharajas of India visited London for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
This is an ancient classic portraying women and children bathing at the ghats of Ganges in Benares (Varanasi) in circa 1875. It is a Vintage album print.
This vintage albumen print is of Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple (left) and surrounding temples on the bank of Ganges, what is now the Scindia Ghat in Benares (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, in circa 1865. This temple was partially submerged for most of the years and now due to this, it is leaning towards the North-West. It is a picture by British photographer Samuel Bourne.
Daily life occupations of Indians was always a subject of interest for the British officials. The picture is an attribution to Benjamin Simpson, which describes a man playing a single stringed fiddle in Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, West Bengal, India. It is a masterpiece by Hulton Archive.
Early Indian photographic tools were not easy to carry, and also the process was difficult. In spite of this Samuel Bourne, a British photographer, manages to travel throughout India and produced 2,200 images in his six-year travel. It was again a Vintage albumen print.
Felice Beato spent two years in India and captured some remarkable pictures of India. He captured this photograph of an Archway over a street in Delhi, India, in 1858. Felice was one of the few who covered the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
This Vintage Silver Gelatin print of an elderly Pathan from North-West Frontier Province in 1915 (now part of Pakistan), British India, 1915. This image was captured by Bezzant Holmes who was a celebrated photographer of pre-partition India.