For this seminal collaboration between the Rubin Museum of Art (New York} and the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (New Delhi), the photographs have been drawn exclusively from the private collection of Mr. E. Alkazi, a figure of international repute associated with theatre direction in India and as a collector of fine art. As part of his historic: photography archive, these Images have been curated to explore the linked fields of portraiture, figuration, and Inter-visual communication.
The three lead essays, together with photographer biographies and techniques, present varied perspectives on photography's development of a unique vemac:ular culture. Ethnography, identity, integration, and assimilation are therefore some of the key notions that underlie practices of portraiture and domesticating space-reordering how an image may be perceived in our dig Ital present.
Some of the leading photographers and studios presented are Fellce Beato, Bourne & Shepherd, Johnston & Hoffmann, Gobind Ram & Codey Ram, Darogah Abbas All, Raja Deen Dayal and Shapur Bhedwar. The conditions under which some of their images were shot express the diverse relationship between political events and photographic practice. However, the curators resist a teleological narrative, taking Into account not only the role of the medium and the state of technology but significantly, photography's non-linear systems of exchange, circulation and collection.
Christopher Pinney is an anthropologist and art historian. He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. His research interests cover the art and visual culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of photography and chromolithography in India. He has also worked on industrial labour and Dal it goddess possession.
Beth Citron is an assistant curator at the Rubin Museum of Art. She completed a PhD on "Contemporary Art in Bombay, 1965-1995" in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She has contributed to ARTFORUM, ART India, artjournal, and other publications.
Rahaab Allana is the Curator of Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London). He is the author of Inherited Spaces, Inhabited Places (a volume on World Heritage Sites, 2005) and guest editor of Marg Volume 61: Aperture and Identity-Early Photography in India (2009) as well as the Lalit Kala Contemporary Journal titled Depth of Field: Photography as Art and Practice in India (2012). He is also the honorary editor and proprietor of India's first theme-based photography quarterly titled PIX, which recently launched its eighth issue dedicated to contemporary photography in Iran.
UNACCUSTOMED TRUTH: THE PORTRAIT IN PHOTOGRAPHY
• FOREWORD: SHARING OUR HERITAGE
• RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
• STIRRED BY PHOTOGRAPHY
• RETHINKING THE FIGURE IN EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM SOUTH ASIA
• STATUESQUE ENTHRALLMENT: THE BODY IN EARLY SOUTH ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
• PHOTOGRAPHERS, STUDIOS, PROCESSES AND FORMATS
• ALKAZI FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
|Number of photographs||101 photographs|
|Size||9.5 x 10.75" (241 x 273 mm)|
|Date of Publishing||2013|
|Co-publisher(s)||In association with The Alkazi Collection of Photography, Delhi|
|Rights Available||World rights|