Indian Treasures photo exhibition from 2nd Aug – 7th Oct 2017

Indian Treasures. Copyright of Getty Images.

Indian Treasures photo exhibition from 2nd August - 7th October 2017. Copyright of Getty Images.

Getty Images Gallery today announced its latest exhibition, Indian Treasures, which runs from 2nd August until 7th October 2017 at its Eastcastle Street venue in London. Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, this insightful exhibition will showcase a range of historical and rarely seen images that provide some of the earliest photographic documentation of India, displaying the incredible technical and artistic ability of early ground-breaking photographers.

Drawn from the world-renowned Getty Images Hulton Archive, which houses over 100 million images, the exhibition features extraordinary imagery such as a recently uncovered work by the great Indian photographer of the age, Lala Deen Dayal, or a series of remarkable portraits gathered from a mysterious four-volume album of the princes and rulers of India. A tantalising note reveals the set has only one other copy – presented to Queen Victoria herself.

The exhibition will further capture imaginations with vintage prints from legendary photographers Samuel Bourne, John Edward Saché and Felice Beato, who brought this vibrant country to western audiences for the first time.

Photographer background

Samuel Bourne (1834 – 1912)

Samuel Bourne is considered one of the most prolific 19th Century travel photographers Bourne travelled throughout India from 1863 – 1870 The studio he opened in Calcutta only closed in 2016, making it one of the oldest photographic businesses in the world To carry his equipment, he is said to have needed up to 30 porters.

Felice Beato (1832 – 1909)

Born in Venice, Beato was two when his family moved to Corfu. When news of Indian Mutiny reached Beato, he decided to head east and photograph the full horror of the war for the first time. Beato would later go on to produce some of the earliest surviving photographs of China and Japan

John Edward Saché (1865 – 1882)

John Edward Saché was one of the more prominent 19th century European photographers in India. He began his career in America and then surfaced in Calcutta in 1865, where he formed a partnership with Westfield. During his 20 years in India, Saché travelled extensively throughout northern India, covering major sites and towns, and produced an accomplished collection of images, proving himself a master of the picturesque composition.

Indian Treasures photo exhibition from 2nd Aug – 7th Oct 2017, Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8DX. For further information visit


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