Saree Shop, Newmarket, Kolkta, India

Saree Shop, Newmarket, Kolkta, India

1998, printed 2005

Laura McPhee

(American, b. 1958)

Chromogenic process color print

Image: 75.8 x 95.7 cm (29 13/16 x 37 11/16 in.); Paper: 91.5 x 111.8 cm (36 x 44 in.); Matted: 96.5 x 121.9 cm (38 x 48 in.)

Gift of Friends of Photography 2006.64

Impression: 2



In this photograph Laura McPhee captures the complexities of urban India. The influence of global consumer society can be seen in the shop display and signage, but the bright textiles represent traditional Indian dress, described by a phonetic spelling of sari. This photograph comes from a series of images of Kolkata, or Calcutta, that McPhee describes as "the story of past and present, of the evolution from colony to independence and beyond."

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email