E. O. Hoppé’s Bombay: Photographs from 1929.

With essays by Pratapaditya Pal and Graham Howe. Mumbai: the Marg Foundation and Curatorial Assistance, Inc., 2010.

Hoppé reveals Bombay in the late 1920s as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Under physically challenging circumstances and using mostly small, hand-held cameras, Hoppé captured a body of remarkable images that are the first to show a natural, spontaneous, and distinctly Modernist view of Indian life. Notably these street documentary photographs show empathy for the Indian peoples and their move towards independence from British colonial rule.


E. O. Hoppé’s Bombay: Photographs from 1929, 2010