Archive

Sep 8

The New Studio Madras:...

Rishi Kochhar

A photograph by C.B. Shastri on a film set in Srinagar, c. 1940s (New Studio Madras) In 2016, one of the oldest running photo studios in the world, Kolkata's Bourne & Shephard, was forced...

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Aug 25

A Perfect Shot:...

Vamika Jain. Introduction by Arnav...

First tiger trophy of Manvendra Maharaja Narendra Singh at the age of eleven, 1926  (Royal Collection, Panna) To the contemporary viewer, the traditional hunting photograph might offer little...

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Aug 8

The Place of Shahidul...

Rahaab Allana

From A Struggle for Democracy, 1987–1990 No heaven, no hell, no everafter, do I care for when I’m gone Peace here I seek, in this sand and soil, this place where I was born As oceans deep,...

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Jul 29

An archive as...

Interview with Diwas Raja KC, Curator...

Dalit protest in Kathmandu, Bimal C. Sharma, 1999 The chances of ‘truth' surviving the onslaught of power are very slim indeed; it is always in danger of being maneuvered out of the world not...

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Jul 22

The S.T.A.R.S Archive...

In conversation with Zoé E. Headley,...

Image from STARS Archive This week, in a recorded interview on PIX posts, we speak to Zoé E. Headley, anthropologist and founder of the S.T.A.R.S collective, a multidisciplinary research...

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Jul 16

Coming up: Chennai...

Audio post: In conversation with the...

Installations at Lighthouse MRTS station of the Urban Water Showcase, Artist: Kannagi Khanna The study of exhibitions provides a fascinating route into art history. Here the social, political and...

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Jul 7

Discussing Photography...

Interview with Dr. Aileen Blaney and...

One of the primary concerns of photography in India today is whether pedagogy can enable the practitioner to develop critical objectivity or perhaps an objective critique within an...

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Jul 2

Recounting the...

An interview with co-curator, Dr....

Photography as a form of critical social engagement comes to the fore in exhibitions like Behind the Indian Boom: Inequality and Resistance at the Heart of Economic Growth, curated by documentary...

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Jun 25

Jeevan Rekha:...

Sukanya Baskar explores an unseen...

Jeevan Rekha, released 1 January 1974. Vinyl record cover reproduces the same image, seen later in the article. This week’s post explores an unseen album from a private collection, showcasing...

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Jun 16

Talking about FotoFest...

Part 2 of a conversation with Sunil...

Cover of the publication, Disrupted Borders (1993). Cover Image: Jorma Puranen The works exhibited by 47 artists from India in FotoFest2018 was all produced in the 21st century, which, as...

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Jun 8

Talking about FotoFest...

Part 1 of a conversation with Sunil...

Cover image: Sandip Kuriakose How do contemporary photographers and artists of Indian origin imagine the diverse and complicated subjectivities of Indian-ness, regardless of where they live?...

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May 30

Afterimage of...

Part 2 of a conversation with Prof....

Postcard, late 19th-early 20th century featured in the book. Private Collection Familiarity, dissonance, passivity and then re-engagement are the shifting fault lines around how 19th century...

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May 24

Afterimage of...

In conversation with Prof. Zahid R....

Book cover, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India  The first of a two-part conversation with Prof. Zahid R. Chaudhary on his earlier publication, Afterimage of...

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May 16

Life after Ritwik...

Nabarupa Bhattacharjee, documentary...

Surama Ghatak, 1960s, Mumbai   It was 1965, and the lives of Surama (endearingly, Thamma) and Ritwik were at a cusp. He wrote a letter to Thamma asking her opinion on starting a new...

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May 8

Life after Ritwik...

Nabarupa Bhattacharjee, documentary...

Surama Ghatak at her residence in Kolkata, 2016   This piece, one of two posts, is dedicated to the memory of Surama Ghatak (14 November 1926 – 7 May 2018), wife of Ritwik Ghatak. Thamma...

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Apr 30

Visual archives as a...

Sohail Akbar, Associate Professor at...

Dr. Rehana Bashir's graduation portrait, 1953, Bashir Family Collection  [Family albums’] meanings are social as well as personal – and the social influences the personal. Family...

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Apr 21

What colour is the...

L. Somi Roy, film curator and...

Maharaja Churachand Singh of Manipur and Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi, 1905, The Imasi Foundation I don’t know how to write except from what I hear, from what I experience. I write from what I...

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Apr 15

In Conversation, Lukas...

Artist and co-author of Photo...

Large format portraits, Jamalistan Studios, 1960s “Photography as craft is what this splendid volume examines – photography at the living, bleeding intersection of culture, war, frontier and...

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Apr 8

Re-creating Pastness

Sabeena Gadihoke, Professor at the...

View of Light Works exhibition. 2017. Jitendra Arya Foundation "While the scene stills and on-the-set candid shots would be used to sell the movie, the portraits could be used to introduce a...

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Mar 31

Collecting family...

An interview with Deepali Dewan, Dan...

Installation view of The Family Camera exhibition (2017). Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM. Photo Credit: Brian Boyle, MPA, FPPO. “I am a passionate lover of the snapshot because of...

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Mar 14

Audacious imaginings

Do the advancements in imaging technology call for a new aesthetic of photography? Today, art institutions are served with the challenge of disseminating the techniques, truths and potential...

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Mar 19

Myanmar’s...

Long gone are the days of Myanmar’s magazine culture. In years past, editors, writers and designers would meet in teashops across Yangon, making arrangements for their latest editions. Though...

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Jan 17

A South Asian Identity

How a motley collection of images reasserts the strength of a sub-continental ethos woven from shared cultural strands A subtle shift in the plates rocked the very heart of Patan in Nepal...

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