Photography as Poison. British Library. 14 November 2006.
The Coming of Photography in India
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).