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Homai Vyarawalla– India’s first woman press photographe was passed away on January 15, 2012 at the age of 98. She captured the last days of the British Empire in India. Her work also traces the birth and growth of a new nation. The story of Homai’s life and her professional career spans an entire century of Indian history. This selection of rare photographs tells her life story amid footnotes of an emerging nation, as she saw it.

©Homai Vyarawalla/The Alkazi Collection of Photography

Homai was born in 1913 into a middle-class home in Navsari, Gujarat and she belongs to the Parsi community of India. Her father was an actor in a traveling Urdu-Parsi theatre company. Homai grew up in Bombay. She was the only girl in her class to complete her matriculation examination.

Homai received India’s first National Photo Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2011. In 2010, Vyarawalla gave her entire collection of prints, negatives, cameras and other memorabilia to the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi for safekeeping and documentation. A retrospective of her work was held at the NGMA soon after, bringing her vast archive into public view.

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Indian photographer Amit Madheshiya wins prestigious 2011 Sony World Photography Award in Arts & Culture category. Another Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram got Third Prize in the same category. Amit Madheshiya named ‘Arts and Culture Photographer of the Year’ at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2011.

Mumbai-based Amit was one of 13 professional category winners presented with an award held at the ceremony at the Odeon in Leicester Square on April 27th in London.

His winning series of photographs, entitled People Watching Cinema at the Nomadic Talkies, was shot in the remote of Maharashtra. It documents people attending nighttime film screenings held by a travelling cinema. The nomadic cinemas travel to the villages, which are located far from fixed-site theatres, once a year and show an eclectic mix of films.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest and most comprehensive photography competition.

Amit Madheshiya works as an independent photographer. For his work on the nomadic cinemas he received an Arts Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence at Heidelberg University and the Goethe Institute 50 Year Anniversary Grant.

In 2009, his vibrant and thoughtful images on the project won the Sony World Photography Award for Arts and Entertainment, as well as the Grand Award in the Humanity Photo Awards. In the same year Madheshiya was also declared Emerging Photographer of the Year in India.

The exhibition captures a unique view of the world in 2010/11 as recorded through the lens of winning photographers.

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