The College of New Jersey School of the Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that Dr. Deborah Hutton, Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History will be co-curating an exhibition at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada, as well as releasing a new major publication on the subject. Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal is curated by Dr. Hutton and ROM Senior Curator Dr. Deepali Dewan. Between Princely India is a feature exhibition in this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, highlighting the photographic work of Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905), one of the most renowned photographers in 19th-century India. Her publication, “Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India” co-authored by Dr. Dewan, is the inspiration behind the exhibition.
The exhibition runs from April 20, 2013 through January 12th 2014 and is presented in association with The Alkazi Collection of Photography, New Delhi. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works of art, culled from three major international collections: the ROM’s collection of large, leather-bound photo albums produced by the firm Raja Deen Dayal & Sons and photographs from the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts and The Alkazi Collection of Photography, New Delhi. There will also be a vintage Dallmeyer camera, once belonging to Dayal’s studio, on view.
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Dr. Deepali Dewan and Dr. Deborah Hutton will discuss their research and insights into Raja Deen Dayal, putting his life and art into context against the backdrop of 19th century India and revealing his role in fashioning a new identity for the emerging nation.
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Portrait of Raja Deen Dayal by staff photographer E. Craig, April 1904, gelatin silver print, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, PH81.91