Imagine how therapeutic it is to visit an exhibition featuring 54 photographs of womenfolk from different social and cultural backgrounds. Such a photography exhibition, “Subjects & Spaces: Women in Photography”, was organized by National Institute of Design (NID) in collaboration with ‘Tasveer’, a Bangalore-based Art gallery, in Ahmedabad from November 8 to 17 in 2013. It is an impressive and strong piece of work portraying women in Indian photography from the 1850s to the 1970s in the form of studio portraits, film stills, post cards, cabinet cards and lobby cards.
(Photographs by Asavari Sharma).
Some prominent faces displayed in monochrome were Maharani Gayatri Devi and filmstar Nargis Dutt. All the photographs date back to a time when it was uncommon to click women. The collection mostly showcases many nameless women in unusual and fascinating settings. This was perhaps the highlight of the entire exhibition.