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Scene at Rutlam Railway Station, India, 1929


In mid-to-late 1929, Hoppé visited a rapidly changing Indian region that was ready to demand independence from the British Empire. The Indian National Congress would pass a resolution to that effect that very December. Hoppé recorded the great diversity and ancient heritage of the country, its peoples and varied religious and cultural traditions, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish. He photographed it, enduring many hardships, ranging from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Rabindranath Tagore’s university at Santiniketan in Bengal, and a glimpse at Mount Everest from Darjeeling.

[Rabindranath Tagore was a] handsome, commanding presence, aloof manner, dignified, cold. His silken silver hair and flowing beard. He was like a king.

– E.O. Hoppé