Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs

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The hybrid practice of combining painting and photography is a contemporary technique of Indian visual art. On view until March, this exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto presents 60 examples from the ROM’s collection that have never before been displayed. Dating from the 1860s through the 2000s, these images show the progression of this technique from the invention of photography until long after the introduction of colour photography. Embellished with paint to enhance the emotional impact of the image, these painted photographs were made to commemorate, indicate status and mark rites of passage.

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