In the photograph, A Mahratta Chief and his Attendants, three people are present. From the photo, it appears that the three people are on top of a balcony. The attendants are barefoot, but the Chief has some type of shoes on his feet. The attendants are dressed in pretty basic, plain clothing and head wear,
From this photo of the two Banian Women, we can tell that these women are likely from the middle or upper caste as the length of their dresses imply that they would not be doing physical labor. These women while appearing to be displeased during the taking of the photograph could actually just be a reflection
“Banian Women” by William Johnson (ca. 1855-1862) shows two women from Western India standing in front of a fence, surrounded by plants and clay pots. The women wear bracelets and long saris, covering their heads and reaching to the ground. One woman’s sari features a design or embellishment along the edge. Unlike the woman in
William Johnson’s photograph titled Bombay Police and dated between 1855-1862, shows four posing policemen. Three of the men have similar clothing, and one of them—the one in the middle—wears distinct garments. The different clothing could be a sign of rank; perhaps, the man wearing white pants and white stripes is the chief of police. He does also have significantly more facial hair than the others—is that a distinguishing factor, too? The image shows the policemen carrying arms which look like batons. The policemen do look menacing; we can deduce that they took their jobs seriously and served well, though under British command. We can also assume that William Johnson, the photographer, was not very threatening (or he offered some sort of reward). Otherwise, the policemen would have probably refused to take the time to pose for the picture. The photograph still raises questions: Why exactly does the man in the middle have different clothing? What kind of weapons are they carrying? Are policemen, in this time and place, highly respected?
This postcard by an unknown photographer shows a young Mexican woman standing alone beneath a tree. By nature of being a postcard, this image was intended to depict life in Mexico to the outside world. The woman is wearing a long dress with a floral print and a plaid shawl. The dress includes many details