Broken link? Description Chicago : University of Chicago Press, p. ISBN Summary A wedding couple gazes resolutely out at the viewer from the wings of a butterfly, a commemorative portrait of a deceased boy surrounded by rose petals - such moving and quiet images represent the changing role of photographic portraiture in India, a topic Christopher Pinney explores in Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs. Studying photographic practice as it is embedded in Indian society over the last years, Pinney, an anthropologist, traces the various purposes and goals of photography through colonial and postcolonial times.
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Under the influence of early Foucault, a school of In moments of crisis, this exorbitance generates photographic theory arose which persuaded a genera- uncertainty and certainty. Pho- in spite of all: in spite of the hell of Auschwitz, in spite tography even or, in fact, especially when it thought it of the risks taken. In October photographer, apparatus, and viewer collide directs us , Bourdieu went to colonial Algeria to complete to ways of engaging photography that do not reduce his national service Calhoun viii and took with it solely to representational artifact.
The family photographic album objectifies to record. Perhaps group. The shadows underneath a stone jar give it great moment of crisis it might achieve. There is no of the Kabyle and which normally dwell in the dark inte- room here for Benjaminian or Azouleyan contingency, rior security of the home, are here mysteriously revealed for the unexpected and subjunctive. Indeed, photo- with a stark and beautiful clarity. Here the lacerating because their approaches to photography are decidedly intractable reality of the photograph finally triumphed prescriptive, not descriptive.
This the interiors of Kabyle houses, which had filtered out the suggests a role for the critic as an activist and utopian, burnt roofs.
These are all aspects of the threat that the camera family practice solemnizes, after the fact see For Bourdieu, photography will not set us free from the I contemplated the revolutionary potential of the prison-world of what already exists; it will only bind camera a few months ago in central India.
He had Azoulay is concerned with the relations established in come to perform the installation of a statue commem- the event of the photograph rather than the photograph orating an important Jain Bhairav Bharatiya who had as an object of contemplation. The mix of political is in retreat. This interest in the photographic event as radicalism and cultic conservatism Bhairav was an part of a broader field of visual culture rather than the atheist communist now being serenaded by a religious photographic as an object of contemplation within the renouncer , and of peasant socialism and capitalism, domain of art, together with her concern with the world was compelling.
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His doctoral research was concerned with transformations contingent on changing work regimes among industrial workers in central India. This was based on 15 months field research in an industrial town and nearby village and this location has remained the empirical focus of his work on other topics within South Asian anthropology and visual culture. Subsequently he worked on archival photography, investigating the role of image-making within early anthropological practice. He then conducted further field research in central India on popular visual culture, including photography and devotional imagery. The work on popular studio photography was published as Camera Indica in As well as fieldwork at a village level looking at patterns of consumption he also worked extensively in archives in India, the UK and the USA researching the history of Hindu chromolithography. In addition to assembling, for the first time, a history of this genre covering the period , this project has also explored the question of the inappropriateness of European aesthetics for an Indian History of Art, arguing instead for a more "ethnosociological" and phenomenological approach.
Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs
Studying photographic practice as it is embedded in Indian society over the last years, Pinney, an anthropologist, traces the various purposes and goals of photography through colonial and postcolonial times. Pinney identifies three key moments In Indian portraiture: the use of photography as a quantifiable instrument of measurement under British rule, the role of portraiture in moral instruction, and the current visual style of 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. Today, Indian images are characterized by a distinctive postcolonial photographic practice, which involves sophisticated inventiveness and techniques such as overpainting, collage, composite printing and doubling.
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