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This documentation of political wall writing across the city is the work of mainly three Chitrabani Salim Paul, Row of pavementtypists, Chowringhee Road, July 1977 i ethnographic headings of "Occupations" and "Entertainment", these photographs work at inflecting an anthropological gaze with empathy and intimacy. The idea of a documentation series also becomes dear as we see a single photographer honing in on his subjects within selected areas of north and central Calcutta over successive months.

Noteworthy are two of the most well known series of maps of the cf - surveys for the Lottery Committee (18171836) under the stewardship of John AugusD Schalch in the 1820s; and surveys of Calcutt; Town and the Adjoining - Municipalities (1903-1910) under the supervisibn of R. B. Smart, Assistant Superintendent of Surveys, Government of Bengal. The drive towards - mappi% territories Calcutta, Published by the Society for Ule DMsion of Useful Knowledge, 184 [fmm original print, Antique Map shop, Amr (Courtesy, Keya Dasgupta) also came from institutions like the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, established in London in 1826 to educate the working dasses of Britain in a variety of intellectual and practical subjects.

Ahmed Ali's Calcutta It was from his UNICA studio and professional base in Calcutta that the young Ahmed Ali set up his career as one of the most successfulIndian commercial photographers of the post-Independence years. Gaining The Howrah Bridge, 1960. A 1964 survey gave statistics of a weekday average use of 53800 vehicles and 50,OW passengers. commissions from lirms, industries and public sector organizations from all over India, he became a prominent name in the nation's new worlds of corporate, industrial and advertising The Army and Navy Stores building, 1960.

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