ISBN 9788188204144,Traces Of India

Traces Of India



Mapin Publishing

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9788188204144

ISBN-10 8188204145


Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 344 Pages
Language (English)


Traces of India investigates the roles played by representations of Indian architecture (primarily photographs but also prints and book illustrations) made between the late eighteenth century and the present day. Beyond the apparent purposes of these images as picturesque views, records of an architectural past, political memorials, travel mementos, textbook vignettes, deeper considerations influenced the way their makers worked, selecting, framing, composing, and populating their representations of these monuments. These images remain enduring records of minds as well as monuments.

This book is an investigation of that deeper visual culture, showing us how 'simple' images of buildings are in fact complex artifacts that reveal the ways their makers think.

Table of Contents
Foreword: Nicholas Olsberg
Introcution: Antonella Pelizzari
From Stone to Paper: Photographs of Architecture and the Traces of History: Maria Antonella Pelizzari
Part One: 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
Part Two: 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
Part Three: Memorializing The Raj: Colonial Amnesia and the Old Regime in the Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe: Nicholas B. Dirks
Picrorializing the "Mutiny" of 1857: Narayani Gupta
Monuments and Memorials: Lord Curzon's Creation of a Past for the Raj Thomas R. Metcalf
Part Four: 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

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