The film explores the life and times of Raja Deen Dayal who revolutionalized photography in
India through his meticulous work. Deen Dayal was trained as an engineer. At 20, he was
chief estimator and draughtsman with the PWD, and began working with the camera. He received
the title Raja from the Nizam of Hyderabad and the royal warrant of appointment from Queen
Victoria. Sir Henry Daly, the British agent in Central India, assigned him to cover the
Prince of Wales’s visit in 1875. He worked with large format bellows, Dallmeyer lenses and
dry plates, printed photographs on POP (Papers) and gold toned them for permanence. He set
up a flourishing firm with studios at Secunderabad which cotered exclusively to women. The
firm employed fifty people, including German studio operators. He toured the countryside by
bullock and rail. He extensively photographed archaeological sites, architectural monuments,
including palaces and forts, places of worship and the landscape, and acted as the
architectural photographer for Sir Lepel Griffin, the British agent in Central India.
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