Archive for historical photo collections

“Are We There Yet?” [Indiana USA]

Posted in Photographic Documentation with tags , , , on May 31, 2009 by Niala Dwarika

The IU News Room reports that the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library-The Lilly Library at the Indiana University’s Libraries, Bloomington has launched an exhibition entitled “Are We There Yet? The Age of the Automobile.”  As you can deduce it’s all about cars- you won’t see the real life models of course, but photographs, vintage catalogues, books and miscellaneous materials ought to satisfy the curious and the driven (pun intended). And, in this era of financial gloom where the car manufacturers are hitting the brakes (another pun intended) it’s worthwhile to be reminded of a bit of car history, from luxury roadsters to the first Indianapolis 500. Continue reading


Germany on Display and a Probing Question [Pakistan]

Posted in Photographic Documentation with tags , , , on May 23, 2009 by Niala Dwarika

Germany is visiting Pakistan! Lok Virsa, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage in Islamabad Pakistan is on the last leg of its 8-day exhibition (which began on May 15th) of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany. Lok Virsa is hosting the exhibition in collaboration with the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany at Heritage Museum of Lok Virsa. Continue reading

PHOTOSPEAK! : Photography and Documentation

Posted in Photographic Documentation with tags , , , , on May 21, 2009 by Niala Dwarika




The old cliché is right: a picture tells a thousand words. And, thousands more! Photographs do much more than capture moments in time. Photographs add authenticity to text, the spoken word and are a visual record of things- known, unknown and unnoticed. Images transcend language barriers and weave a powerful narrative of the history and culture of a place and its people. As a tool for recording and understanding history it is “all of the above”.  Continue reading