Lala Deen Dayal


Lala Deen Dayal (1844–1905) was an Indian photographer. An engineer by education, Dayal was drawn to photography as early as 1875. Those were early days of photography, and Deen Dayal used primitive equipment and chemicals. His first patron was Maharaja Tukoji Rao II of Indore, who introduced him to Sir Henry Daly, the British Agent at Indore, which eventually led to his appointment as “Photographer to His Excellency, the Viceroy”. Deen Dayal’s albums of India views and ancient monuments became very popular and were bought as memorabilia and gifts by the British and Indian Royalty. Lala Deen Dayal, often referred to as “Raja Deen Dayal” after a title bestowed on him by the Nizam of Hyderabad, died in 1905. His intimate glimpses into the lives of princes, and the British, ordinary fold and tribals, as well as vistas of archaeological sites, monuments and the architectural heritage of the country are collectors items toda

Children for Rent – India’s Orphanage Business, Sandra Hoyn

Living conditions at many orphanages in India are appalling. The children are not washed or fed properly, they are beaten and receive no medical treatment when sick. The worst thing is that these children are not orphans. The owners of the homes send agents out to villages to rent children to put in fake orphanages as a way of getting tourists to part with their money – all donations land in the pockets of the orphanage owners. The parents believe their children are being well cared for. During school holidays some of the children are allowed to return home to their families. The older ones remain at home and the younger siblings are sent back to the orphanages in their place.

With my pictures I would like to demonstrate the misery, which results from orphanage tourism. Children homes have to be reduced instead of created. It is important to support the rehabilitation of children into their own families. But instead of this the orphanages are promoted by sponsorships and senseless distribution of large amounts of money.

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