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Photo Wallahs


Sep 18 | 6:30 p.m.

Runs till: Sep 23


Bangalore International Centre

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), No. 7, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

1991 I 16mm I 60 minutes.  

Directed by David and Judith MacDougall, Fieldwork Films

Filmmakers Judith MacDougall & David MacDougall will be in conversation with Swati Dandekar on September 22nd, 6:30 pm.  


Photo Wallahs is set in Mussoorie, a famous hill station in northern India that has attracted tourists since the 19th century. In this setting photography has thrived. Without spoken commentary, the film discovers its subject in the streets, bazaars, shops, photographic studios and private homes of Mussoorie. In the process it compares the diverse work and attitudes of the local photographers — Mussoorie’s “photo wallahs”. Although photography has developed certain culturally distinctive features in India, many of these forms and uses can tell us much about the nature and meaning of photography throughout the world. 


Award for Excellence,  Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, 1994 

Material Culture Film Prize, RAI Film Festival, 1992   

Honorary  Mention, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco Film Festival, 1992  

A quote from the 1992  review of Photo Wallahs by Joanna Cohan Scherer in American Anthropologist  94 (4): 1029-30. 

“Exceptional… and remarkable. I found the film thought-provoking, particularly regarding the issues of universals in photography versus unique cultural presentations and representations.” — Joanna Cohan Scherer, Smithsonian Institution, in American Anthropologist 

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