Photos provide us with a glimpse of a moment in history. Of course, with early photography, the moments captured were much longer - the subjects had to stand still while the image developed on the glass. If they didn't, it would blur.
Despite the inevitable staged appearance that results from long development times, images like these Photos of Colonial India really help us to envision times gone by. They also provide fascinating insights into the way that the photographers viewed their subjects - in this case, as exotic "Orientals."
Photo by the Keystone View Company / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection.