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The following are some images that we happened to have at hand. They are samples of Sunil Janah's work, but were not picked by him, and are not necessarily representative of his best work. Owing to limitations on web space and download speed, they are mostly low resolution images. They were scanned with a hand scanner or flatbed scanner and compressed using Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop. The web pages were constructed using Windows 3.1's Notepad.

If viewed (without magnification) on a good image viewer, the image quality should be good: sharp, with strong blacks and highlights, and smooth grays.

Image Quality - Some Hints


Sample Photographs

These are larger images, and are currently few in number.
After clicking on the links, you may have to look for the "VIEW" links and then click again on these.
  1. Archives
    1. Sikh Villagers, Punjab, 1940's
    2. Tribals, 1940's - 1960's

  2. Fragments (Details of Photographs)
    1. Konarak Lovers - medium image (29 kB)
    2. Konarak Lovers - large image (200 kB)
      - currently unavailable

Other images will be listed later. For now, please see:

Web Pages with Photographs

These are medium-size images, appearing in context.



  • Return to Sunil Janah's Home Page and click, in the left-margin index, on the "Slideshows, videos & interviews" link.
  • Slideshow Introduction - several photographs, plus text, in slideshow format, giving a brief historical overview of Sunil Janah's work


Virtual Exhibitions

The two virtual exhibitions are based on real exhibitions, curated by Ram Rahman in New York City in 1998, and by Sunil, Monua and Sobha Janah in San Francisco in 2000.

They consist mostly of reconstructions, from photographs taken at the two real exhibitions, of silver-gelatin prints grouped into panels. These panel shots are grouped into sections, such as History, Industry, Personalities, Dance, Temple Sculpture, Land and People... Each section is prefaced with text setting the panels in that section into their historical or regional context. These section texts are sometimes illustrated with larger (medium-size) images of the individual photographic prints.

Progress and Request for Images
We hope to make both exhibitions available in their entirety. However, it is necessary to work on each individual image in each panel shot to make it viewable on the web. And this must be followed by captioning and web-page design and coding. Even for one panel, with but six to nine images, this is a time-consuming process.

There were hundreds of images in each exhibition. Moreover, we are, in reality, but one solitary worker, working on this in bits of spare time stolen from sleep and other necessary survival activities. Therefore, even eight years after the first real exhibition, and four years after the second, this remains a work in progress.

We would be grateful if anyone who took good quality photographs of the panels in the real exhibitions (see note below) could send us copies, so we can speed up this process and display even better, larger images.

Please see the note below the links, which compares the contents of the two exhibitions, before clicking on the links.


  1. Virtual Exhibition (NY 1998)
    • Start page: - several photographs
    • Sections: - section texts, followed (for Land & People section and Personalities section only) by panel shots, with numbered captions for individual images
    • For larger photographs, see illustrated section texts in
      • section 5 - Land & People
        1. 5.1 - Tribals
        2. 5.2 - Mainstream Millions - Cities & Villages
  2. Virtual Exhibition (SF 2000)
    • Start page: - 4 photographs, 2 panel shots
    • Sections: - section texts, plus (for all sections except Land & People) dozens of panel shots, with numbered captions for individual images
    • Tentatative List of Photographs -- as of 2000 Aug 11

Comparitive Note
As mentioned above, the two virtual exhibitions, VENY'98 and VESF'00, are based on real exhibitions, curated by Ram Rahman in New York City in 1998, and by Sunil, Monua and Sobha Janah in San Francisco in 2000.

Full texts for the sections are available for both the virtual exhibitions.  However, the shots of the exhibition panels are complementary for the two, in the following sense: the VENY'98 has these panel shots complete only for its Land and People section (and partially complete for its Personalities section);  the VESF'00 has, on the other hand, all panel shots complete except for those in its Land and People section.

At present, the size of the panel shots are larger, in general, for the New York exhibition panels.

Although the selection of photographs was different for the two exhibitions, there was some commonality.  The arrangements of these photographs into panels, however, especially for the two Land and People sections, were quite different.  In the New York exhibition, these arrangements, in some of the Land and People panels, were governed more strongly by visual design considerations.  In the San Francisco exhibition, the arrangements were more strictly constrained by the natural regional contiguities of peoples and landscapes in the subcontinent.

The History sections provide visual overviews of many of the important events, affecting millions, that took place in the subcontinent from 1939 to 1970, along with textual commentary. These panel shots are currently available only for the San Francisco exhibition. Hopefully, they will soon also be available for the New York exhibition, which had a History section that was even more comprehensive.


Descriptions & Views of Sample Photographs

Please look for the "VIEW" links and click on these.
  1. Sikh Villagers

    These are photographs of villagers from the Punjab of the 1940's -- three photographs of Sikh women engaged in various household activities, and one of peasants marching to a political rally, with red flags and banners, in Gurmukhi and Urdu scripts, held aloft.   => VIEW

    Images copyright Sunil Janah. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted.

  2. Tribals of India

    These are photographs of tribal peoples from the 1940's to the 1960's -- at present mostly of the Muria from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Central India.   => VIEW

    Images copyright Sunil Janah. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted.

  3. Konarak Lovers

    This is a fragment of a photograph, taken in natural light,of temple sculpture high up on the (exterior) of the Konarak Sun Temple, in Orissa, India. This temple was built in the form of a giant chariot, facing eastward towards sunrise in the Bay of Bengal. The ocean has receded over the centuries, but the temple, with its sculpture, still stands.

    1. Konarak Lovers - medium image (29KB)   => VIEW (29 KB)
      Images copyright Sunil Janah. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted.

    2. Konarak Lovers - large image (200 KB)   => Please READ the following text FIRST, then follow the link below the text if you wish to proceed.

      The large image file may take a while to load if traffic is high, or if your modem is slow. You may wish to click below, take a break and return in a few minutes. Although it is just a fragment of a photograph that we happened to have at hand, it is worth the wait, we think.

      You may need to scroll up and down and sideways to see the whole fragment, as it may exceed your screen size: maximize your browser window, and turn off icons, location, etc. if you can, to get a larger viewing area. This can usually be done using Options or Preferences or View..)

      => VIEW (200 KB)
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