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Photography's prominence in the representation and experience of India in contemporary and historical times has not guaranteed it a position of sustained attention in research and scholarship. For a technology as all pervasive as photography, and a country as colossal as India, this scenario is somewhat of an anomaly.
Photography in India explores elements of the past, present and future of photography in the context of India through speculation and reflection on photography as an artistic, documentary and everyday practice. The perspectives of writers, theorists, curators and artists are selectively brought to bear upon known as well as previously unseen photographic archives, together with changes in photographic practice that have been synchronous with contemporary India's rapid urban and rural transformation and the technological shift from chemistry and light to programming and algorithms.
Essential reading for anyone interested in Indian photography, this book binds insights into a history of photography with its contemporary development, consolidating wide-ranging thinking on the topic and setting the agenda for future research.
Table of contents
Anna Fox, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
Aileen Blaney, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India
I Photographic Time and Memory
1. In the Theatre of Memory: The Work of Contemporary Art in the Photographic Archive
Raqs Media Collective
2. Lady Harriot Dufferin's Indian Album: 'My First Efforts in Photography, 1886'
Denise A. Wilson
3. Itinerant Photography: Medium and Translation in the work of Imran Channa
4. Images of Deaths and Marriages: Syrian Christian Family Albums and Oral Histories in Kerala
5. All 'Dressed Up': Costume, Fashion and Identity in the Photographs of Homai Vyarawalla
6. Putting Women in the Picture: The Role of Photography in Mobilizing Support for the Indian Emergency (1975-77)
7. Copying and De-synchronizing: Performing the Past in Contemporary Indian Photography.
II Photographies in Contemporary India
8. Photography at the Edge of Representation?: Rethinking Photographs of Rural India
Kathleen L. Wyma
9. Interrogating 'Credible Chhattisgarh': Photography and the Construction of a New Indian State
10. Silenced Ruptures, Images from 2002 Gujarat Riots
11. Satellite Images in India: Remotely Sensed and Ambiguously Accessed
12. The Self Is as the Selfie Does: Three Propositions for the Selfie in the Digital Turn
13. The Unfolding of the Networked Image: An Oscillation between a Simple Visibility and an Invisible Complexity
14. Post-Photography and Missing Images
Joan Fontcuberta, Translation by Ana Mahé
“The strength lies in the inclusion of research on areas of photography that have not been previously written about and chapters on a diverse range of photographic practice ... from images of women during the emergency in India to ones on romantic images in social media, commercial photographic practices, as well as on visualizations of rurality and urbanity.” – Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University, UK,