Traces of India Mapin Publishing

Traces of India

Photography, Architecture and the Politics of Representation 1850-1900
Maria Antonella Pelizzari
Contributions by Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Stephen Bann, Julia Ballerini, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Janet Dewan, John Falconer, Peter H. Hoffenberg, Nicholas B. Dirks, Narayani Gupta, Thomas R. Metcalf, Christopher Pinney, Partha Chatterjee, Clare Backhouse, Sophie Gordon, Nicholas Olsberg (Foreword) Photographs by Michel Boulet

This book investigates the different cultural roles played by photographs of Indian architecture from the latter half of the nineteenth century, an inquiry stretching from their pre-history to their migration into book illustrations, calendar art, and religious imagery.

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This book investigates the different cultural roles played by photographs of Indian architecture from the latter half of the nineteenth century, an inquiry stretching from their pre-history to their migration into book illustrations, calendar art, and religious imagery.
Beyond the apparent purposes of these images — as picturesque views, scientific records of an architectural past, political memorials, travel mementos, textbook vignettes — deeper considerations influenced the way their makers worked in selecting, framing, composing, and populating their representations. Shaping the viewer's thinking about what they represented, these images remain enduring records of a way of seeing, of minds as well as monuments, and exist today as artefacts of the visual culture of colonialism.

Twelve essays from scholars working in several disciplines (history, anthropology, art history, and the history of photography) show how photographs of architecture reveal the inescapable ways in which the practice of image making is aligned with the purposes of power, the presumptions accompanying the encounter with strangeness, the internal order of the colonial and the scientific mind, and even our metaphysical dispositions toward the world.

MARIA ANTONELLA PELIZZARI is Associate Curator of Photographs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; JULIA BALLERINI is an independent scholar and lecturer based in New York City; STEPHEN BANN is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the British Academy; PARTHA CHATTERJEE is Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York City; JANET DEWAN is a photographic researcher and historian based in Toronto; NICHOLAS B. DIRKS is Franz Boas Professor of History and Anthropology at Columbia University, New York City; JOHN FALCONER is Curator of Photographs at the Oriental and India Office Collections of The British Library, London; SOPHIE GORDON is Associate Curator of the Alkazi Collection of Photography, London; TAPATI CUHA-THAKLIRTA is Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta; NARAYANI GUPTA is Professor in the Department of History and Culture at Jamia Millie Islamia University, New Delhi; PETER H. HOFFENBERG is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; THOMAS R. METCALF is Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; and CHRISTOPHER PINNEY is Senior Lecturer in Material Culture in the Department of Anthropology, University College, London.

Foreword I Nicholas O lsberg
Acknowledgements
Introduction I Maria Antonella Peli zzari
Map
From Stone to Paper: Photographs of Architecture and the Traces of H istory

Part One | PROJECTING INDIA
Antiquarianism, Visuality, and the Exotic Monument: William Hodges's A Dissertation
Rites of Passage: A Frenchman's Albums of Briti sh India

Part Two I CAPTURING INDIA'S PAST
The Compulsions of Visual Representation in Colonial In dia
"This Noble Triumph of Photography": Linnaeus Tripe's Thanjavur Inscription Panorama
Pattern of Photographic Surveys: Joseph Lawton in Ceylon
Photography and Architecture at the Calcutta International Exhibition

Part Three I MEMORIALIZING HE RAJ
Colonial Amnesia and the Old Regime in the Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe
Pictorializing the "Mutiny" of 1857
Monuments and Memorials: Lord Curzon's Creation of a Past for the Raj

Part Four REIMAGINING
Some Indian "Views of India": The Ethics of Representation
The Sacred Circulatibn of National Images

Notes
Chronology
Biographical Notes: Photographers and Artists Working in India
Bibliography I Sophie Gordon and Maria Antonella Pelizzari
ISBN 9788188204144
Pages 344
Number of illustrations 110 colour and 73 b/w
Size 9.5 x 10.75" (241 x 273 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2003
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Co-published with Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Rights Available World rights

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