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Afterimage of empire : photography in nineteenth-century India

Author: Zahid R Chaudhary
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Afterimage of Empire provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature of perception. Considering photographs from the Sepoy Revolt of 1857 along with landscape, portraiture, and famine photography, Zahid R. Chaudhary explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment. Chaudhary scrutinizes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zahid R Chaudhary
ISBN: 0816677484 9780816677481 0816677492 9780816677498
OCLC Number: 760973367
Description: 258 pages, 12 color plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Sensation and Photography --
Death and the Rhetoric of Photography: X Marks the Spot --
Anaesthesis and a Colonial History of Shock --
Armor and Aesthesis: The Picturesque in Difference --
Famine and the Reproduction of Affect: Pleas for Sympathy --
Coda: Sensing the Past.
Responsibility: Zahid R. Chaudhary.

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"Afterimage of Empire provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature of perception. Considering photographs from the Sepoy Revolt of 1857 along with landscape, portraiture, and famine photography, Zahid R. Chaudhary explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment. Chaudhary scrutinizes the colonial context to understand the production of sense itself, proposing a new theory of interpreting the historical difference of aesthetic forms. In rereading colonial photographic images, he shows how the histories of colonialism became aesthetically, mimetically, and perceptually generative. He suggests that photography arrived in India not only as a technology of the colonial state but also as an instrument that eventually extended and transformed sight for photographers and the body politic, both British and Indian. Ultimately, Afterimage of Empire uncovers what the colonial history of the medium of photography can teach us about the making of the modern perceptual apparatus, the transformation of aesthetic experience, and the linkages between perception and meaning."--

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