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Traces of India : photography, architecture, and the politics of representation, 1850-1900 / edited by Maria Antonella Pelizzari.

Contributor(s): Pelizzari, Maria Antonella | Centre canadien d'architecture | Yale Center for British Art.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Montréal : New Haven : Ahmedabad : Canadian Centre for Architecture ; Yale Center for British Art ; Mapin Publishing, 2003Description: 342 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 28 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0920785743 (Canadian Centre for Architecture/Yale Center for British Art); 0300098960 (Yale University Press); 8188204145 (hbk. Mapin Pub.); 9788188204144 (hbk. Mapin Pub.).Uniform titles: Empreintes de l'Inde. Subject(s): Architectural photography -- India -- History -- 19th century | Architecture and photography -- India -- History -- 19th century | Photography -- Political aspects -- India | Imperialism in art | India -- Politics and government -- 1857-1919DDC classification: 778.945409034 TRA
Contents:
Foreword / Nicholas Olsberg -- Introduction / Maria Antonella Pelizzari -- From Stone to Paper: Photographs of Architecture and the Traces of History / Maria Antonella Pelizzari -- Projecting India -- Antiquarianism, Visuality, and the Exotic Monument: William Hodges's A Dissertation / Stephen Bann -- Rites of Passage: A Frenchman's Albums of British India / Julia Ballerini -- Capturing India's Past -- The Compulsions of Visual Representation in Colonial India / Tapati Guha-Thakurta -- "This Noble Triumph of Photography": Linnaeus Tripe's Thanjavur Inscription Panorama / Janet Dewan -- Pattern of Photographic Surveys: Joseph Lawton in Ceylon / John Falconer -- Photography and Architecture at the Calcutta International Exhibition / Peter H. Hoffenberg -- Memorializing the Raj -- Colonial America and the Old Regime in the Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe / Nicholas B. Dirks -- Pictorializing the "Mutiny" of 1857 / Narayani Gupta -- Monuments and Memorials: Lord Curzon's Creation of a Past for the Raj / Thomas R. Metcalf -- Reimagining India -- Some Indian "Views of India": The Ethics of Representation / Christopher Pinney -- The Sacred Circulation of National Images / Partha Chatterjee -- Chronology / Clare Backhouse -- Biographical Notes: Photographers and Artists Working in India -- Bibliography / Sophie Gordon and Maria Antonella Pelizzari.
Review: "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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, May 14-Sept. 14, 2003 and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Oct. 16, 2003-Jan. 11, 2004.

Issued also in French under title: Empreintes de l'Inde.

Foreword by Nicholas Olsberg.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-335) and index.

Foreword / Nicholas Olsberg -- Introduction / Maria Antonella Pelizzari -- From Stone to Paper: Photographs of Architecture and the Traces of History / Maria Antonella Pelizzari -- Pt. 1. Projecting India -- Antiquarianism, Visuality, and the Exotic Monument: William Hodges's A Dissertation / Stephen Bann -- Rites of Passage: A Frenchman's Albums of British India / Julia Ballerini -- Pt. 2. Capturing India's Past -- The Compulsions of Visual Representation in Colonial India / Tapati Guha-Thakurta -- "This Noble Triumph of Photography": Linnaeus Tripe's Thanjavur Inscription Panorama / Janet Dewan -- Pattern of Photographic Surveys: Joseph Lawton in Ceylon / John Falconer -- Photography and Architecture at the Calcutta International Exhibition / Peter H. Hoffenberg -- Pt. 3. Memorializing the Raj -- Colonial America and the Old Regime in the Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe / Nicholas B. Dirks -- Pictorializing the "Mutiny" of 1857 / Narayani Gupta -- Monuments and Memorials: Lord Curzon's Creation of a Past for the Raj / Thomas R. Metcalf -- Pt. 4. Reimagining India -- Some Indian "Views of India": The Ethics of Representation / Christopher Pinney -- The Sacred Circulation of National Images / Partha Chatterjee -- Chronology / Clare Backhouse -- Biographical Notes: Photographers and Artists Working in India -- Bibliography / Sophie Gordon and Maria Antonella Pelizzari.

"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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