Beato’s Delhi
Non-Fiction

Beato’s Delhi

1857 And Beyond

Overview

Beato's Delhi offers a pictorial history of Delhi, brought vividly to life through the visual virtuosity of Felice A. Beato, the famous nineteenth-century photographer who came to India to record the last embers of the 1857 'Mutiny', and Jim Masselos who, in 1997, retraced Beato's footsteps and photographed the same sites as far as possible. By the time Beato reached Delhi in January 1858, the British had already subdued the city, so he could not record the military campaign itself. However, his lens was perhaps the first to capture the battleground and other places of note in that campaign, providing for posterity some unique views of Old Delhi before substantial parts of it were demolished in the aftermath of 1857, or radically redeveloped as the years progressed. Beato's luminous views are juxtaposed with Masselos's present-day photographs of the bustling metropolis, shedding light on how the face of Delhi has transformed in the intervening 154 years. Supplemented with an illuminating text by Masselos and Narayani Gupta, Beato's Delhi is a moving testament to the resilience of this ever-evolving city.

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128 Pages | ISBN13 9780670085644
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Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Roy has also published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She lives in Delhi.
Jim Masselos
Jim Masselos
Narayani Gupta
Narayani Gupta
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