Waterhouse’s first major photographic work was undertaken from 1861–62, shortly after his arrival in India as a very young Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. During this period, he was deputed on special assignment to photograph rulers, tribes, communities and archaeological subjects in the Central Provinces (he concluded that the “numerous diﬃcuties of a work of the kind can only be appreciated by those who have tried it”). The results of this survey are perhaps the first photographs of the Buddhist site of Sanchi, and a series of remarkable portraits from the court of the Begum of Bhopal, as well as of significant noblemen and groups from the surrounding area. The portraits are accompanied by Waterhouse’s extensive notes, reproduced here with his images for the first time.
This volume also offers an essay on Waterhouse’s indefatigable experiments with photographic processes and his crucial work at the Survey of India in Calcutta. Appendices include transcripts of Waterhouse’s personal narrative of his travels and photographic projects.
The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts is a registered charitable trust based in New Delhi. It is primarily dedicated to the exploration and study of the cultural history of India.
Over the last 30 years, Ebrahim Alkazi, the Foundation’s Chairman, has amassed a private collection of photographs, presently known as The Alkazi Collection of Photography (www.acparchives.com), an archive of nineteenth- and early twentieth century photographic prints from South and South-East Asia, amounting to over 90,000 images. Th e core of the Collection comprises works in the form of photographic albums, single prints, paper negatives and glass plate negatives from India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and Tibet. Almost every region that has a past touched by the British Raj, is represented.
These vintage prints document socio-political life in the subcontinent through the linked fields of history, architecture, anthropology, topography and archaeology, beginning from the 1840s, up to Independence in 1947.
The photographic archive is being digitally catalogued and documented, and is accessed by researchers, curators, historians and scholars. Th e material is also being made available to a larger academic community and the general public through a series of publications that will be accompanied by exhibitions and seminars. Each volume, under the editorship of a specialist in the ﬁ eld, examines a particular region or topic represented in the archive, encouraging cross-disciplinary approaches and interpretations.
• Map and Itinerary
• CHAPTER 1: James Waterhouse: A Career in Photography
• CHAPTER 2: The Work of Clarence Comyn Taylor in the Waterhouse Albums
• CHAPTER 3: Bhopal: A Brief History
• CHAPTER 4: Dress and Textiles in the Photographs of James Waterhouse
• CHAPTER 5: James Waterhouse: His Career in Process Printing
• The Waterhouse Albums:
• Catalogue of Photographs
|Number of photographs
|120 photographs, 5 drawings
|9.45 x 10.8" (240 x 274 mm), hc
|Date of Publishing
|Mapin in association with The Alkazi Collection of Photography New Delhi • London • New York