Aug 14, 2015

India Must know about Homai Vyarawalla – One Of The Coolest And First Lady Press Photographer Of Our Country!!!

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Tribute to her on this Independence Day (Born 1913 – 2012) : When technology is limited your skills show up more and not the quality and specifications of a digital camera.This first lady photojournalist have done some awesome work which is way cooler than what we do these days with a DSLR.

Her career started in Bombay in 1930

She started her career in 1930’s and thereafter received notice at the national level when she moved to Mumbai in 1942 with her family. She had spent thirty years and photographed many political and national leaders, including Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah, Indira Gandhi and the Nehru Gandhi Family while working as a press photographer.

She was a Woman in the male dominated profession

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Her brilliance, her work

Almost every old prominent pictures were clicked by Homai Vyarawalla. Below is some of the pictures from her collection which are worth watching.

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She loved clicking pictures of Jawaharlal Nehru as she believed he was very photogenic. Only after this picture people came to know Nehru used to smoke.

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Photographers used to click pictures for the sake of a news and leave the venue. She waited till the end and got this incredible moment captured in her lens.

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Have you ever thought of a photograph like this? CST Bombay

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‘A visiting a troop of dancers at Marina hotel Delhi’ 1947 is another classic picture by her

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A show of hands for Partition – She photographed a significant meeting of AICC held on 2nd June 1947 which decided partition of India.

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Gandhiji’s ashes being carried in a procession in Allahabad, February 1948

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A fox hunt in Delhi Hunt led by Col. Sahni in 1940

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The first Republic day parade on 26 Jan 1950

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Nehru with some group of dancers is something we haven’t seen

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Gandhiji arriving at a meeting where partition was decided with Abdul Ghafar Khan and his personal physician Sushila nayar

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Nehru’s Cabinet seen at lunch hosted by Sardar Patel after C. Rajagopalachari became Governor General, 1948

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Homai believed in keeping it simple yet classy : Indira Gandhi with Jackie Kennedy wife of 35th US President of John F Kennedy

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Nehru releasing a dove, sign of peace at a public function at the national stadium in Delhi, mid -1950

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Queen Elizabeth II at a Fashion Show organized by wives of diplomats at Central Cottage Industries in Delhi, 1961

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Departure: Lord Mountbatten taking the salute at Rashtrapati Bhavan, when leaving office as Governor General in June 1948

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Dr. Rajendra Prasad ceremonial ride after becoming first Indian President of India

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She was Indira Gandhi’s favourite photographer

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Her reason to quit photography is worth knowing

“It was not worth it anymore. We had rules for photographers, we even followed a dress code. We treated each other with respect, like colleagues. But then, things changed for the worst. They [the new generation of photographers] were only interested in making a few quick bucks, I didn’t want to be part of the crowd anymore.”

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When a foreign journalist looking at the line of photographers clicking Indira Gandhi asked, “You don’t have women photographers here?” the PM smiled, “We do. We have Homai Vyarawalla. Share her work and show some respect to her talent on this Independence day.

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