This is the kind of smart and savvy book about colonial photography that some of us have been waiting for! There have been a lot of good historical studies that lacked theoretical innovation, and lots of theorizing about photography without a sense of its historical grounding. This book manages to do both, and while it's based in empirical research it doesn't just present new evidence but it shows how the photographic "evidence" contributes to our understandings of sense perception, truth, and imperialism. For an academic study, this book is actually a pleasure to read, and yet Chaudhary doesn't sacrifice any of the complexities of his theoretical argument about photography and colonialism. What I found so helpful here was the author's discussion of phenomenology in the context of colonial history, but this book also manages to cover a lot of related ground: photographic meaning as a kind of rhetoric, war photography's aesthetic effects, the differential meanings of aesthetic and technological forms as they travel around the globe, the complexities of sympathy in photographs of human suffering. If you're looking for a basic history of photography in India, this book won't be your cup of tea (check out James Ryan's and Christopher Pinney's books), but if you're looking for something more original, I highly recommend this book.