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Essay | Where Was Time: The Public Clocks of Bombay


An essay on Chirodeep Chaudhuri's photographic survey of public clocks in Mumbai, in Seeing Time: The Public Clocks of Bombay (1996 – ongoing), written for Alternative South Asia Photography Connect.


Image: A photograph of Bhagat Bhuwan, a private residence in Vile Parle (West). The Bhagat family sold time pieces in a shop at Abdul Rehman Street, and installed this clock as a marker of their family trade and prestige. The clock, which was installed by German engineers in the 1950s, has to be wound every Sunday. Photograph courtesy the artist Chirodeep Chaudhuri, as part of the series Seeing Time: The Public Clocks of Bombay.