[Indian Barber with Clients]

Shivashanker Narayenc. 1875

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Although the most widely recognized photographers working in 19th-century India were British, many native photographers also helped picture their country. Shivashanker Narayen set up his studio, which became a favorite among the Indian aristocracy, on the premises of the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art in Bombay. He showed his work at British-sponsored and overseas exhibitions, participated in the Archaeological Survey of India between 1868 and 1869, and documented the Calcutta International Exhibition of 1883. This photograph is a quiet image of daily life on the streets as a barber tends to his client.

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  • Title: [Indian Barber with Clients]
  • Creator: Shivashanker Narayen
  • Date: c. 1875
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.9 x h18.2 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Photographs
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Morgan Family Fund on behalf of Sara and Bill Morgan in honor of Franci Neely

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