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‘Photography cannot change the world, but it can show the world, especially when it changes.’

– Marc Riboud, French photographer (1923-2016)

How did French as well as Indian photographers perceive India over two & a half centuries of its history? In this exhibition titled Convergence: Photography’s French Connections in India, different visions of French as well as Indian artists who travelled or lived in India from the 19th century to the 20th century will be showcased through the medium of photography. 

This exhibition will draw upon works by prominent French practitioners, signposting some of the significant photo-documentary and other creative practices that networked and evolved in India over the past 150 years. Among these intrepid travellers, writers, journalists, photographers and artists, discover the works of notable French photographers such as Louis Rousselet, a French traveller in the 1860s and pioneer of the darkroom; Marc Riboud, a celebrated French photojournalist who travelled all around Asia in the 50s, and many other works of modern European Masters such as Denis Brihat, Claude Sauvageot, Janine Niépce, Bertrand Pierre Wolff… among others.

‘By researching archives in France as well as India, this project hopes to think about geography, identity and ‘place-making’ as part of a larger cultural exchange wherein we may question belonging, origins and the interdependence between people from across the world’.

Rahaab Allana, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

A selection of 19th-century prints and negatives showcasing portraits and architectural views of India will be showcased for the very first time in India. The most prestigious French institutions, which include The National Museum for Asiatic Arts (Guimet), The Quai Branly Museum, The Nicéphore Niépce Museum, The Maison Européenne de la Photographie and The museum of Bordeaux are contributing works for this one of a kind exhibition.

Scheduled from 3rd February to 2nd April 2022, the show will be on view at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi, and will then travel in an outdoor format across 5 different cities in India.

Celebrate with us 75 years of Indian Independence through photography archives enwrapped within the idea of Convergence — social, political and cultural.

City Date
Ahmedabad 24 Mar – 3 Apr
Bangalore 15 Apr – 30 Apr
Delhi 27 Apr – 31 May
Chennai 19 May – 29 May
Kolkata 17 June – 30 June
  • Observe social distancing and wear masks while in the gallery.

  • The number of visitors in the gallery may be regulated.

About the curator

Rahaab Allana is Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts; Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and was previously, Honorary Research Associate at University College, London. He is on the board of the Trans-Asia Photography (TAP) Review; Founding Editor of PIX; Founder of the ASAP/art app; and has recently guest-edited Aperture Magazine’s 2021 summer issue on Delhi.


The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is a registered charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the cultural history of India through extensive research on photography. Housed in the foundation is the private collection of Ebrahim Alkazi, known as the Alkazi Collection of Photography, which comprises works in the form of photographic albums, single prints, paper negatives and glass-plate negatives, painted photographs, and photo postcards. The collection is particularly strong in areas such as archaeology, architectural history, the urban development of colonial cities, military studies, anthropological studies and topography.

Established at the initiative of the avid art collector Kiran Nadar, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) opened its doors to the public in January 2010 as the first private museum of art exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. Located in the heart of New Delhi, India’s capital city, KNMA is a non-commercial/not-for-profit organization, intends to exemplify the dynamic relationship between art and culture through its exhibitions, publications, educational and public programs.

Taking place annually in India’s capital, New Delhi, the India Art Fair celebrates modern-day South Asia, combining cutting-edge contemporary visual art with modern masters and vernacular artistic traditions. Positioning art and the artist’s voice at its core, the fair’s programme draws together galleries and institutions, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives and national museums, cultural events and festivals, enabling local and international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the region. The fair is committed to supporting arts education and professional development opportunities and aims to increase audiences for the arts within India. India Art Fair is owned by Angus Montgomery Arts, a division of Angus Montgomery Ltd.

Presenting 5,000 years of Asian art, the Musée Guimet is the largest European museum devoted to Asian art. Its collections are of unparalleled richness and diversity outside of Asia. From the Buddhas of Afghanistan to the Zen monks of Japan, from Indian fabrics to Samurai armour, and from Khmer treasures to Chinese fine art, the Musée Guimet presents all the civilizations of the Asian continent.

The association Les amis de Marc Riboud was created in 2002 in order to expand the public’s awareness of the photographs by Marc Riboud. It relies on its members to encourage exhibitions, books, films and all projects that could help reach this goal.

After Marc Riboud’s archives have been donated to the National Asian Arts Museum – Guimet in Paris, the association is hosted there to prepare exhibitions, books and all projects keeping his legacy alive.

Located on the banks of the River Seine, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac aims to promote the Arts and Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, at the crossroads of multiple cultural, religious and historical influences.  Composed of 300,000 works, the collection housed by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is extremely diverse, both in terms of its regions (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Americas) and its contents (photographs, textiles, sculptures, masks, etc.). As a space for scientific and artistic dialogue, the museum offers a cultural program of exhibits, performances, lectures, workshops and screenings.

Located in Chalon-sur-Saône, the ambition of the musée Nicéphore Niépce is to explain the basics of photography from its invention by Niépce up to today’s digital imagery. Its collections bring together almost three million photographs and objects that provide the possibility of a constantly renewed experience visit after visit. The use of interactive terminals and increasingly sophisticated technology provides a deeper understanding of the photographic world.

The museum is planned as an initiation to the broad principles of photography. Professional prints are displayed side by side with amateur efforts. The illustrated press has an important place as an essential support to the worldwide spread of the medium.

Created in 1991 by the Town of Bordeaux, the Goupil Museum is dedicated to the image, its techniques and its uses in the 19th century. It contains the collections of the House of Goupil, a dynasty of art publishers and international gallery owners based in Paris who were active from 1827 to 1920.

The Goupil collections consist of 70,000 photographs, 46,000 stamps, 7,200 matrices (engraved coppers, stone lithographs, typogravure and chromotypogravure blocks, glass negatives) and one thousand books and illustrated reviews.

Since opening in 1996, the MEP remains the primary French institution dedicated to photography in all its forms. Our exhibition programme includes both internationally recognised and emerging photographers and filmmakers, highlighting the diversity of artistic approaches to contemporary lens-based practices. Including a world-class collection of photographic prints and artists films from the post-war period and one of the largest specialised research libraries in Europe, the MEP is without equal in Paris.


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