Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Women and Degolyer


In Degolyer’s photo to the left, Bhattia Women, depicts three Indian women standing together and posing in lavish clothing. None of them look at the camera as if they are submissive to the photographer. In the photo to the right, Tortilla Maker, a woman stares out a window as she prepares tortillas. These photos show many similarities about the depiction of women at these times. They are shown as objectified and simplistic. None of the women smile in these photos which makes me think they are unhappy, or perhaps silenced by the opposite gender. They stare into the distance as if there is a better life waiting for them. I wonder if Degolyer intended to depict these ideas, or if these women were just another form of art.

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