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India: The Definitive Images

Mahatma Gandhi leading his followers on a march to the sea at Dandi to defy British salt laws. Jawaharlal Nehru being sworn in as independent India's first prime minister. The lifeless face of a young victim of the Bhopal gas tragedy. Boys diving into the Ganga at Varanasi.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2004 10:50 IST
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India
The Definitive Images 1858 to the Present

Introduction by Khushwant Singh
Edited by Prashant Panjiar
Penguin India
2004
Pages: 160
Price: Rs 1,250
ISBN: 0670049654
Hardback

Mahatma Gandhi leading his followers on a march to the sea at Dandi to defy British salt laws. Jawaharlal Nehru being sworn in as independent India's first prime minister. The lifeless face of a young victim of the Bhopal gas tragedy. Boys diving into the Ganga at Varanasi. These are only some of the memorable images featured in this book that is both a photographic history of India since 1858 and a cultural portrait of the country.

India: The Definitive Images contains stunning black-and-white and colour pictures by photographers of great repute - among them, Raghubir Singh, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, Raghu Rai and Steve McCurry - some of whom have captured the beauty, others the moment. Thus, along with timeless images of everyday life-women caught in a monsoon shower; crowds in the busy lanes-there are photographs of epoch-making events and personalities.

Compiled and edited by one of India's best-known photojournalists, and with an introduction by the country's most widely read columnist and author, India: The Definitive Images is an unprecedented record of the making of modern India and of what it is today, in all its beauty, ugliness and ordinariness.