Sunday, August 29, 2010

Celebrating Homi Vyarawalla : India’s first woman photo-journalist

There are many firsts we acknowledge and embrace, hail those who made significant achievements in life and helped in developing the mankind. Indian women are perceived to be the submissive gender but some of the few rose above this sentiment and left their marks behind. Homai Vyarawalla, is one such extraordinary woman who opened the gates of photo journalism for female photographers.

She is considered as India’s first women photo-journalist who came out with great photographs from 1938 to 1973. Celebrating her contributions in the field of journalism, Photography exhibition ‘Homai Vyayawalla-A Retrospective’ will be held from 27th August to 31st October, 2010 at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi.
The evhibition will showcase approximately 150-200 images including original silver gelatine prints, many printed by the photographer herself. On display would be her old cameras, photographic equipment and other memorabilia. Some of the key events Homai photographed were the first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on August 16th 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten from India and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Homai Vyayawlla, 97, has been awarded with ‘life-time achievement award’ by the country. The exhibition acknowledges her role as a pioneer among women and her contribution to early photojournalism in India. This exhibition has been curated by Vyarawalla’s biographer, Sabeena Gadihoke who is Associate Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia.

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