Part nine - 2000 onwards
With the shift towards the DSLR camera from the SLR film camera, the ability of the photograph to digitally reproduce itself assumes a new dimension. Photography becomes a continuum in the practice of performance and video art and covers a range of subjects that include gender and ecology.
Part eight - 1980 to 2000
During these decades photography actively intersects with the domains of art.
The photograph also becomes a medium to disseminate mass culture through advertising and entertainment. At the same time a generation of reputed photojournalists emerge, who document events in India’s volatile space.
Part seven - 1960 to 1980
During the 1960's photographers in India were confronted with unexpected changes. The more settled aspects of nation-building – large dams and state run factories, and the Green Revolution, were offset by wars, the ravages of food shortages, and the nation's effort to lift itself out of poverty.
Part six - 1940 to 1960
The 1940's mark India's tumultuous crossover from colonial rule to Independence. Images were commissioned to document the nation's leaders, the newly formed industries, public works projects and cultural activities. Cinema photography in the hands of specialist studios brought in the era of romance.
Part five - 1920 to 1940
1920 onwards photography in India acquired a catalytic role of representing and disseminating images of the nationalistic struggle. Newspapers like Young India, Navjivan, the Bombay Chronicle and the Hindustan Times were disseminators of the photographic image.
Part four - 1900 to 1920
These two decades saw the rise of amateur and self-taught photographers. Women were seen in the forefront of this development. The beginning of the twentieth century marked the nascent phase of photojournalism in India; professional photographers were commissioned to cover all major events.
Part three - 1880 to 1900
Photography of archaeological sites, topography and commercial views, reportage and documentary photography, portraiture and ethnology were expanding the use of the medium. Photography studios acquired a variety of props, furniture and backdrops to provide social context to the sitter.
Part two - 1860 to 1880
The introduction of formal education in photography encouraged amateur enthusiasts to shape their talent professionally. The Archaeological Survey of India adopted photography to achieve accuracy in the documentation process. The trend of appointing court photographers grew among the royal families.