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Year: 1991

Classification: G

Runtime: 60 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall

Produced By: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall

Language: English

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PHOTO WALLAHS is set in Mussoorie, a famous hill station in northern India which has attracted tourists since the 19th century. In this setting photography has thrived.

Without spoken commentary, the film discovers its subject in the streets, bazaars, shops, photographic studios and private homes of Mussoorie.

In the process it compares the diverse work and attitudes of the local photographers - Mussoorie's "photo wallahs". Although photography has developed certain culturally distinctive features in India, its many forms and uses there tell us much about the nature and significance of photography throughout the world.

  • Royal Anthropological Institute Commendation
  • Society for Visual Anthropology Award
  • Bilan du Film Ethnographique (Paris) honoree
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival honoree
  • Berlin Film Festival honoree
  • Bombay Intl. Film Festival honoree

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