'Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs is an exploration of the changing role of photographic portraiture in India over the past 150 years. It is the first anthropological study of photographic practice in the everyday lived reality of Indian society and combines historical and ethnographic perspectives.
Christopher Pinney looks at key "moments" in Indian photography and considers the ways in which photographic portraiture reflects changing political interests, a decreasing desire to fix identity, and a broader popular visual culture. A distinctive post-colonial Indian photographic practice emerges, characterized by a sophisticated inventiveness using techniques such as overpainting, collage, composite printing and doubling. A substantial part of the book is concerned with the production of such images by studios in a small central Indian town, and the reader is given a vivid sense of their use and significance.' (Excerpt from back cover)

Includes glossary of Hindi words and bibliographical references.
Access level

Onsite

Location code REF.PIC
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

1998

No of pages

240

ISBN / ISSN

1861890060

No of copies

2

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Preface
Prologue
1. 'Stern Fidelity' and 'Penetrating Certainty'
2. Indian Eyes
3. Chambers of Dreams
Epilogue
Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs
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Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs