India's Gateway

India's Gateway

India’s Gateway explores the intriguing stories of Gujarat and Mumbai as ancient centres of cultural and commercial exchange, focusing on their links with Britain. The photographs and texts by Tim Smith offer vivid glimpses of everyday life in a landscape shaped by a rich history of trade, seafaring and migration.

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India’s Gateway explores the intriguing stories of Gujarat and Mumbai as ancient centres of cultural and commercial exchange, focusing on their links with Britain. The photographs and texts by Tim Smith offer vivid glimpses of everyday life in a landscape shaped by a rich history of trade, seafaring and migration. Gujarat has been a centre for international trade for thousands of years, its coastline studded with ports connecting India with the outside world.

When sailing ships from London reached Gujarat in 1608, the region became the first point of contact between Britain and the Indian subcontinent. This was the start of an extraordinary relationship that endures to this day. This relationship changed Gujarat and its people, who in turn have profoundly altered the fabric of modern-day Britain. Over half of British Indians can trace their roots back to Gujarat.

About the Author

Tim Smith is a freelance photographer based in Yorkshire. His exhibitions have toured to over twenty different countries worldwide. This is his twelfth book. Much of his work explores the links between Britain and people in other parts of the world and includes publications on Ukraine, Yemen, India and Pakistan. 

This book is published on 12th of May 2016, and is available for pre-order. Per-orders will be despatched on the publication date.

  • Size 210 x 297mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 172
  • ISBN 9781911148043
  • Author Tim Smith
  • Illustrations Full Colour