Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs / Edition 2

Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs / Edition 2

by Christopher Pinney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226668665

ISBN-13: 9780226668666

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


A wedding couple gazes resolutely at viewers from the wings of a butterfly; a portrait surrounded by rose petals commemorates a recently deceased boy.

These quiet but moving images represent the changing role of photographic portraiture in India, a topic anthropologist Christopher Pinney explores in Camera Indica. Studying photographic practice in India,

Overview


A wedding couple gazes resolutely at viewers from the wings of a butterfly; a portrait surrounded by rose petals commemorates a recently deceased boy.

These quiet but moving images represent the changing role of photographic portraiture in India, a topic anthropologist Christopher Pinney explores in Camera Indica. Studying photographic practice in India, Pinney traces photography's various purposes and goals from colonial through postcolonial times. He identifies three key periods in Indian portraiture: the use of photography under British rule as a quantifiable instrument of measurement, the later role of portraiture in moral instruction, and the current visual popular culture and its effects on modes of picturing. Photographic culture thus becomes a mutable realm in which capturing likeness is only part of the project. Lavishly illustrated, Pinney's account of the change from depiction to invention uncovers fascinating links between these evocative images and the society and history from which they emerge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226668666
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Envisioning Asia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration
Preface
Prologue
1. 'Stern Fidelity' and 'Penetrating Certainty'
2. Indian Eyes
3. Chambers of Dreams
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Select Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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