India, March 15 -- At one point, right in the middle of his talk about photographer, historian and heritage conservation pioneer Foy Nissen, Justice Gautam Patel pauses to look at a projected photograph and exclaims, "Look at that. It's fabulous!" The image, shot by Nissen, shows the bronze statue of the Prince of Wales astride a horse, but with a local man, turban and all, seated under it. "This picture is Brexit!" he declares, to much laughter. "The underbelly of the Empire!"

There's plenty more to see in Foy Nissen's Bombay Photographs, a show at the JNAF gallery of the CSMVS, which opens today. Some 90 black-and-white images, largely of Mumbai since the early '60s, show a city both familiar and remote. Captured are Janmashthami celeb...