Deen Dayal

He was not a maharaja — great king — as the major Hindu rulers in British colonial India were called. He was a raja, but one without a kingdom. Deen Dayal, one of the most accomplished photographers of the 19th century, had the title of Raja Mussavir, king of photography. Canadians could call him the Karsh of India, a master of portraiture. Dayal’s photos of British rulers and Indian royalty give us a rare glimpse into a bygone world. The first full-fledged exhibition of his iconic pictures opens at the Royal Ontario Museum Sunday [April 21st, 2013].

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