Photo Wallahs (1991; 60 min) by David and Judith McDougall
Focusing on the photographers of Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of northern India, this film explores the photography as social artifact through detailing the photographers at work, their clients, and both old and new photographs.
Distributed by Berkeley Media and archived in the NAFC.
This is the ninth screening in the fall session of the bi-annual Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series
Founded in 1975, the National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA), and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. The NAFC collections are a unique repository for anthropological films and video that document cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as the history of ethnographic filmmaking and related amateur expeditionary and travel filmmaking in the 20th century. Drawing on NAFC’s extensive archival film collection we will be screening the following historic ethnographic films, and will have time for discussion following each film.