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Skye Thomas

MA work

MA work

Take The Picture and Forget About It: Notes on the Photography of Homai Vyarawalla

A collection of essays on the photographs and life of India’s first female photo-journalist, Homai Vyarawalla. Vyarawalla passed away at the age of 98 in 2012, and her entire archive was donated to the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. Vyarawalla left behind thousands of negatives that are still in the process of being digitised and catalogued. Before she was discovered again, she lived in anonymity for nearly two decades of her life, all but forgotten by the canon of photojournalism. This project takes form as a set of essays, of differing lengths, each maintaining a chief focus either on a single, or series of, photographs. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2016

  • Degrees

  • BA History of Art and Philosophy, University College London, 2014
  • Experience

  • Tutor, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, BA Product Design Thesis Writing Workshop, London, 2015–present; Editorial assistant, Dirty Furniture Magazine, London, UK, 2014–present; Editor, 'Honey I'm Home: Writing on Property, Ownership and Exchange', London, UK, 2016; Staff writer,, London, UK, 2016–present
  • Exhibitions

  • Personal Proxies, Erica Scourti for Block Universe, Somerset House, London, UK, 2016
  • Publications

  • 'Too Hungry for History: Rosângela Rennó's "Rio-Montevideio"', The Photographer's Gallery, March 2016: ; ‘Amrita Sher-Gil: The Portraits’, Montez Press Interjection Calendar, March 2016:; ‘Scherezade’, Time is Now Zine (in Association with the BFI), October 2015:; 'Drop and Cover’, Dirty Furniture 2/6 Table, September 2015; ‘Introduction’, Jay Mews Continental Issue 1, July 2015; ‘Passport Number H198537’, Arc Magazine: #19 Contagion, June 2015; ‘# - Hashtag’, This New Feeling, May 2015:; ‘Containers Contained’, Royal Opera House Digital Programme: Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny, March 2015: