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January 23, 2012

Tribute - Homai Vyarawalla

 Homai Vyarawalla was India's first lady photojournalist. First active in the late 1930s, she retired in the early 1970s. Read more about her here. I wanted to post a few pictures of either her or clicked by her that defines to me a representation of India as a transitioning nation after the Independence in 1947.
A few words from a tribute on Yahoo that describe Homai more accurately.

 "The great value of Homai’s work lies in her vast collection of photographs that archive the nation in transition, documenting both the euphoria of Independence as well as disappointment with its undelivered promises. She was the only professional woman photojournalist in India during her time and her survival in a male-dominated field is all the more significant because the profession continues to exclude most women even today. Ironically, Western photojournalists who visited India such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Margaret Bourke-White have received more attention than their Indian contemporaries. In an already invisible history, Homai Vyarawalla’s presence as a woman was even more marginalized."

Homai with her beloved Fiat car

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Homai with Indira Gandhi - India's first lady Prime Minister. Image Source

Jawaharlal Nehru meeting Vijayalakshmi Pandit

All photos (without image source) and quote from Yahoo. Read more here.


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