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Portrait of a seated woman.

Composite of 13 photographs from R. Dasen Studio in Karaikudi, Victoria Studio in Madurai, Thangam Studio in Pattukkottai, Muthuvel Studio in Thanjavur, and other unidentified studios – all from the stars.archive.

“I have so many individual portraits of the men in my family but very few of my matriarchs, especially those that aren't ID photographs. A few of the photos in this cluster could actually be group photos that have been edited by studio photographers using a technique called vignetting.”