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Afterimage of EmpirePhotography in Nineteenth-Century India$
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Zahid R. Chaudhary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677481

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677481.001.0001

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Sensation and Photography

Sensation and Photography

(p.x) (p.1) Introduction Sensation and Photography
Afterimage of Empire

Zahid R. Chaudhary

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main argument that, photography arrives in India not only as a technology of the colonial state but also as an instrument that extends and transforms sight for photographers and the body politic, British and Indian alike. Such perceptual transformations are congruent not only with the technomaterial changes within photographic practice but also with transformations at the level of aesthetic form. The chapter then discusses general transformations in perception and the arrival of photography in India. It analyzes the scene of the photographer and camera and their corollary, the spectator and the photograph, in order to arrive at a more textured understanding of how exactly photography transforms the perceptual apparatus. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   photography, India, photographers, body politic, perception, spectator

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