The current lots, beautifully rendered and perfectly framed, exhibit the lifelong influence of Ansel Adams on the photographer. In terms of subject matter, Lot 56 is a prime example of Janah’s later work which focused on the industrial sites of India, the so-called ‘Temples of Modern India’. This dynamic photograph of the Bhilai Steel Plant in Madhya Pradesh highlights the transition the country was undergoing at the time. By contrast, Janah's earlier works concentrated on the human aspect of India. Lot 55 depicts a group of boatmen on the Ganges. The focus of the image is the figures' muscular backs which glisten in the sunlight. The emphasis on the physicality of the men speaks to a key theme in Janah's post-independence photographic production: the human effort required to build India’s new factories and industrial centres.
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