This small print is part of ‘the Other-Way-of-Seeing’-collection. A collection of vintage Indian photography from the exhibition and project with the same name.
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I found this photo at ‘Chor Bazaar’ (thief market – a shopper’s paradise) in Bombay when I was searching for vintage Indian photographs. I think it was made during a typical charade party, which must have been British and probably pre WWII.
“a piece of ridiculous pretence which is so obvious that it does not deceive anyone”
“an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.”
in pantomime a word, phrase, title, etc., often syllable by syllable, for members of their team to guess.
2. a word or phrase acted out in pantomime.
3. a blatant pretense or deception; travesty.
(Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary)