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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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Death and the Rhetoric of Photography

Death and the Rhetoric of Photography

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Afterimage of Empire

Zahid R. Chaudhary

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter deals with the work of the post-Sepoy Revolt photographers John Dannenberg and Harriet Tytler. It analyzes photographs that memorialize the death of important British army officers by showing the literal places where generals and officials were believed to have fallen dead or where British civilians were killed. It also considers photographs taken of allegorical drawings rendered by anonymous artists seeking to memorialize the significant loss of British lives during the conflict. The contemporaneous descriptions of these photographed drawings insist on their photographic quality, thereby investing the drawings with the realist and evidential authority of the photograph. The concern with truth in this subgenre of documentary photography that seeks to make visible the very space of death is also an occasion for unpacking the notion of the photographic index.

Keywords:   photographers, John Dannenberg, Harriet Tytler, British army officers, photographs, photographic index

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