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Sohrab Hura An old photograph of Ma. She had not been photographed for about a decade till I took a few photos of her. India. 2009. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Work by Magnum photographers will feature in an exhibition at The Science Museum in London. The historic work of Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, work by late Magnum photographer Werner Bischof, and contemporary Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, and Magnum nominee Sohrab Hura, featuring the country form part of an exhibition marking 70 years of independence in India.

Henri Cartier-Bresson Nehru announces Gandhi's assassination to a crying crowd. Birla House. Delhi, India. 1948. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson A refugee camp for 300.000 people. Refugees exercising in the camp to drive away lethargy and despair. Kurukshetra, Punjab, India. Autumn 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos

Illuminating India is a season of two major exhibitions, specially commissioned artworks and a high-profile events series opening during the British Council’s UK/India 2017 season: a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries. It will tell the stories of the Indian innovators and thinkers who have often been overlooked or written out of Western narratives of history.

Illuminating India: Photography 1857 –2017, is an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent history of the country.

Werner Bischof Employees of the Tata Iron and Steel Company on their way to work. Town of Jamshedpur, India. May 1951. © Werner Bischof | Magnum Photos