When Rajiv and Sonia went for ice cream

Heather Timmons at NYT / India Ink:

One summer day in the early 1970s, a photographer named Baldev Kapoor snapped a shot of a young, handsome couple enjoying one of Delhi’s most common warm weather pursuits: eating ice cream near the India Gate monument.

It was no ordinary couple, of course — it was a recently married Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi.

The photographer, who goes by his first name, has chronicled India’s history through a camera lens for more than five decades, from the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama’s escape to India, through the establishment of controversial “family planning” camps and the Emergency, until the present day visits of foreign leaders including United States president Barack Obama.

While some of Baldev’s images are archived with photo agency Sygma, now Corbis, many others, like the iconic ice cream shot above, are stored on slide film, tucked in envelopes he keeps in his New Delhi home. More:

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