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.