Quidnunc (kneeshooter) wrote,

While I'm on a roll...

For my own reference - Photography as Poison was interesting.

Photography as Poison. British Library. 14 November 2006.

The Coming of Photography in India
Christopher Pinney

The theme of this year’s Panizzi Lectures explores the practice of photography in India between 1840-1930. Was photography in India simply a void, filled by various cultural and historical expectations? Or can we - beneath the diversity of practices - identify moments that dramatise the limits and possibilities of photography as a supple technology? Provoked by debates around print culture, these lectures explore the difference that photography made. Was it simply a form of“late painting” wholly in thrall to enduring aesthetic schemata? Or did its “indexicality” and mass dissemination create a representational revolution?

Christopher Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. His recent publications include"Photography's Other Histories" (co-edited with Nicolas Peterson; Duke,2003) and "Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India" (Reaktion, 2004).


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