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Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900
     

Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900

by Maria Antonella Pelizzari (Editor), Julia Ballerini (Contribution by), Stephen Bann (Contribution by), Partha Chatterjee (Contribution by), Janet Dewan (Contribution by)
 

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This interdisciplinary book investigates the roles played by representations of Indian architecture made between the late eighteenth century and the present day. This handsome volume discusses how photographs can be read not just as records of an architectural past but as complex artifacts of the cultural and political forces shaping colonial India. The diverse

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This interdisciplinary book investigates the roles played by representations of Indian architecture made between the late eighteenth century and the present day. This handsome volume discusses how photographs can be read not just as records of an architectural past but as complex artifacts of the cultural and political forces shaping colonial India. The diverse contributors to the book, from post-colonial theorists to museum curators, examine the connections between photography and architecture through the visual culture of colonialism. The volume explores subjects ranging from representations of landmarks of India from picturesque views to travel mementos, photographs as memorials of historical events, and contemporary popular images. Illustrated with some 180 photographs, many rare or little known, the book offers an appealing and fresh view of colonial images as seen through postcolonial eyes. The volume also includes an extensive bibliography of literature of nineteenth-century photography in South Asia.

Author Biography: Maria Antonella Pelizzari is associate curator, Photographs Collection, Canadian Centre for Architecture.

This book accompanies an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, from May 14 to September 14, 2003, which travels to the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, from October 16, 2003 to January 11, 2004. Distributed for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Yale Center for British Art

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The first point to note in this vast photographic catalog is that the phrase "politics of representation" has nothing to do with electing representatives and everything to do with the way photographs of colonial India and Ceylon presented the architecture and monuments of those civilizations to a primarily European audience. The exhibition of this catalog's 180 photos will travel from the Canadian Centre for Architecture to Yale Center for British Art, neatly demonstrating the emphases on art, architecture, and academic discussion of colonial history that the 12 essays in the book present. Focusing on official and semiofficial photographers of the colonial period, this catalog analyzes the way Europeans governing India thought about the diverse cultures they were viewing and how the composition of the photos they took reflect and inform that view. All of the essays, written by a variety of scholars and curators and arranged thematically, are academic but readable for an educated public. The quality of the reproductions is very high, but this reviewer wishes that many of them had been accorded the full page they deserve. This catalog is most appropriate for academic art, architecture, and South Asian studies collections.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780300098969
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2003
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

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