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Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900

Maria Antonella Pelizzari (Editor)
Synopsis 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, trade 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.
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About the author

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Maria Antonella Pelizzari is Associate Curator of Photographs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

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Bibliographic information

Title Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188204145
length 342p., Plates; Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.