India Alight

8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White on White paper
376 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1543025835
ISBN-10: 1543025838
BISAC: Photography / History


India Alight is a historically significant photo book. It portrays vintage images of India from an era long gone.The book will showcase to the reader the beauty of mystical,exotic and magnificent India.

Romain Rolland, French scholar said : “If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.”

India is a huge country and does not easily reveal itself to the casual visitor. A photo book on India has to be equally big in order to showcase the unique country and its unique peoples. The book starts with Delhi and takes the reader to Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.These Indian states are the most frequently visited and is also called the “Golden Triangle”. A final chapter depicts scenes from urban street life and from rural villages. Daily life scenes are some of the most fascinating scenes for tourists and the disbelief that comes with how everything including traffic, people and cows seem to function together in harmony.

The Taj Mahal, Agra, the Ganges River, Jaipur and its surroundings are of course the highlights of India Alight and they are supplemented with less known and visited destinations.

Why buy a book of historic or vintage photography? Historic and vintage photos allow a trip into the past and into a time of less development and less people. Not necessarily into a better time or place but a time reflecting a moment in time that was perhaps unspoiled and less used if you will.

What makes India a dream destination is that you never know what you will come across the next corner.The photographs have been arranged so as to surprise the reader and give them a similar experience. The large format of the book and layout allow the reader to better experience the sights and sounds of a unique way of life as it unfolds.

Photography is both an art and a science. A mix of light, opportunity, time and space. It is to be at the right place at the right time as well as with the right subjects and objects. Sometimes what is in front of the camera is just as interesting as who is behind the camera.

The photo represents an outcome that consists of all social and cultural paradigms both in front and behind the camera as well as technical and social skills of the photographer.