9th October 2014


Photographic Exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
26 September 2014 – 11 January 2015

A remarkable photographic exhibition, People of India, is now open at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Wedding band man New Delhi Copyright Jason Scott Tilley
Wedding band man New Delhi Copyright Jason Scott Tilley

People of India is an exhibition of three series of photographs, taken in India at different time periods spanning the last 150 years.

At the heart of the exhibition is a series of striking contemporary street portraits by Coventry based photographer Jason Scott Tilley, inspired by an archive of family photographs taken by his Anglo-Indian grandfather, Bert Scott. Taken between 1999 and 2009 during ten years of travel across India, his black and white studies capture a slice of India through a social and anthropological lens.

Jason says, “These sometimes very brief encounters, or in many cases, re-encounters with people I had known for a number of years, were made with very little direction from me. I simply sought to capture an essence of their spirit as I found them.”

Having started printing at the age of 15, Jason began his photographic career in 1987 as a staff photographer at the Coventry Citizen, going on to work for the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Birmingham Post and Mail, and a wide range of national newspapers and magazines, before embarking on this decade-long project.

Also on display is a range of family, society and army photographs taken by Bert Scott, Jason Scott Tilley's Anglo-Indian grandfather which capture defining moments in British-Indian history. Scott was a press photographer for The Times of India newspaper from 1936 to 1940, and head of the Indian army's photographic unit in Burma during the Second World War.

For the 17"x17" square black and white images in the exhibition Tilley chose to print on 20"x24" ILFORD MULTIGRADE FB photographic paper. There is a larger set of images in Library of Birmingham's archives. The prints were produced during an Arts Council England Residency @ Coventry University photographic degree course which also allowed Jason to share his analogue printing skills with the students.

Finally the exhibition presents a series of ethnographic images from the seminal 19th century photographic undertaking The People of India on loan from the Library of Birmingham, who have also supported Jason’s ten year project.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.
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Stephanie Brown / Head of Marketing & Communications / Culture Coventry
024 7623 4279

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Image: Wedding band man New Delhi Copyright Jason Scott Tilley.jpg

Caption: Paharganj, New Dehli, 2004 Copyright Jason Scott Tilley featured in People of India Photographic Exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry until 11th January 2015