Workers swarm over scaffolding to erect the Nagarjuna Sagar dam in India, May 1963.Photograph by John Scofield, National Geographic

Workers swarm over scaffolding to erect the Nagarjuna Sagar dam in India, May 1963.
Photograph by John Scofield, National Geographic

A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola, April 1946.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola, April 1946.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

View of the Palace of Maharaja’s pond from the Island of the Sultans in Udaipur, India, 1923.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

View of the Palace of Maharaja’s pond from the Island of the Sultans in Udaipur, India, 1923.
Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India, 1923.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India, 1923.
Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay, March 1948.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay, March 1948.
Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India, November 1988.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India, November 1988.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

A view of the Taj Mahal on the Jumna River, 1923. Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A view of the Taj Mahal on the Jumna River, 1923.
Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic