#CapturedInHistory: A Candid Photograph Of Gandhi And Jinnah By Kulwant Roy

Kulwant Roy's The Argument received attention not only for capturing a moment in history but also foreshadowing the conflict between Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Gandhi

Updated: Aug 7, 2019 16:33:28 IST
2019-08-07T13:54:20+05:30
#CapturedInHistory: A Candid Photograph Of Gandhi And Jinnah By Kulwant Roy The Argument by Kulwant Roy, Silver Bromide Print, Dimensions Unspecified, 1946-47 (Image courtesy Kulwant Roy Collection, Aditya Arya Archives)

For years after his death, the photos of Kulwant Roy, a photographer who recorded many famous Indian leaders and freedom fighters, remained  neglected. They were finally unearthed by his family friend, Aditya Arya, over 20 years after his death.

Roy’s photographs were taken during times when film was in short supply and photographers would have to shoot in one frame, requiring them to mentally compose the image before clicking it. The proximity of the photographer to their subject also revealed the personal equation they often shared.

The Argument received attention not only for capturing a moment in history but also foreshadowing the conflict between Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Gandhi. The specifics of the exchange is best left to the imagination of the viewer, but the animated gestures of the two, coupled with Jinnah’s incredulous expression, perfectly depicts their stormy rapport well-known to the public.

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