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Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India

Zahid R. Chaudhary


This book 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, this book explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment. This book 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, it shows how th ... More

Keywords: early photography, India, aesthetic experiments, perception, Sepoy Revolt, colonialism, colonial photographic images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677481
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zahid R. Chaudhary, author