Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Colonial Indian life


This photo was created by Johnson, William around 1855 in India. It was a part of Photographs of Western India, and the series of Photographs of Western India. Volume I. Costumes and Characters, belonged to the collection of Europe, Asia, and Australia: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints from DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University. The title of the photograph is Knife Grinders. The two Indian people sitting on the side of a custom made machine with a stripe for providing rolling force as the kid and the elder holding a knife on the edge of a plate stone for sharping or grinding. Both were not wearing clothes, very thin which indicated low nutrient diet, and unhappy faces.

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