Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

India. Calcutta. Upper Chitpore Road (A), after photo by Dr. Kurt Boeck

India. Calcutta. Upper Chitpore Road (A), after photo by Dr. Kurt Boeck

c. 1890–1910

Photoglob Co.

(Zurich, active c. 1890–1910)


Paper: 20.6 x 26.2 cm (8 1/8 x 10 5/16 in.)

Gift of Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer 2019.187


Did you know?

Chitpore (now spelled Chitpur) Road is one of the oldest roads in Kolkata (previously Calcutta).


This busy street corner gives us a glimpse into everyday life in turn-of-the-twentieth-century India. Unlike most of the mid-19th century genre photographs of colonial India, which were posed or staged, here people go about their business, unaware that they are being photographed. The color scene was made using a black-and-white negative by Dr. Kurt Boeck, a German actor and mountain climber who became a travel writer and lecturer specializing in Asia.

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