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We are pleased to be working with Jayant Patel’s vintage photographic estate depicting India from 1940 to 1970. Jayant Patel was the official photographer to the Raj Bhavan in Calcutta, the seat of the British governance in Bengal until independence and later the residence of the Indian governor of West Bengal. Working from his Calcutta studio, Bombay Photo Stores, Patel processed film for the U.S. and British military during World War II, and was in a position to witness the major events of India’s independence struggle in eastern India, in addition to the early days of the new Indian republic. Patel’s work captured decisive moments involving dignitaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, British governor of Bengal Lord Casey, Jawaharlal Nehru, and visiting leaders like China’s Chiang Kai-shek. For his personal pleasure, Patel also photographed scenes of Calcutta in the 1940s and locations elsewhere, including Kashmir, Darjeeling, Agra, and Orissa – a priceless record of a bygone time in India.

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