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Mary B. Wheeler truly had a talent for making the most mundane images of daily life visually striking. Filtered through her camera's lens, even the simplest daily activities, such as cleaning house, gathering water, and washing laundry in the river, achieve a poetic beauty. These pages present images from the collection that bring together various aspects of the lives of the people that Mary B. Wheeler associated with and encountered during her travels in South Asia. From people engaged in leisurely picnics in the park to artisans at work, and from laborers working the lumber trade with elephants in the jungle to salesmen on the river, these images uniquely detail the many ways that people engage with their environment.


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