First Woman Photojournalist Of India – Homai Vyarawalla

Pictures as memories matters a lot in every individuals life.
Homai Vyarawalla was India’s first woman photojournalist, who began work in late 1930s and retired in the early 1970s.
She got India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan in 2011 for her tremendous 40 years of work.

At the time of World War ll, she started working on assignments for the Mumbai-based The Illustrated Weekly of India magazine which published many of her Ionic black and white images.

Her Pictures got noticed after she moved to Delhi in 1942 to join British Information Services, where she photographed many political and national leaders in the period leading up to Independence.

Her favorite subject was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.


“It was not worth it anymore. We had rules for photographers; even followed a dress code. We treated each other with respect, like colleagues. But  then, things changed for the worst. They(the new generation photographers) were only interested in making a few quick bucks; I didn’t want to be a part of crowd anymore” – Homai Vyarawalla.

Homai Vyarawalla got all her photographs with Alkazi Foundation Of Arts. In 2010, National Gallery Of Modern Arts presented a retrospective of her work.
Google also honored her with a doodle, as “First lady of lens”.

She Died in 2012, when she was suffering from internal lungs disease.

Indian Viravada salutes such a great personality for bringing the change through her Camera lens.

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