Raja Deen Dayal, pioneer Indian 19th century photographer(1844-1905).
has left for us an exquisite photographic record of British India,
of a bygone Colonial era influenced by Native Princely India-
its picturesque opulence, rich costumes, whiskered nobility, hookah
bearers, royal palaces, hunts, and parades, elephant carriages,
historic events - golden moments captured on "silver" plates for
was not only in his portraitures and "sovereign scenarios" that
Lala Deen Dayal excelled. His lens captured the culture and tradition
of India's rich architectural heritage, temples, monuments, forts,
views, and memorials. His extensive series of Indian views forms
a timeless travelogue of the country.