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India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911 [Paperback]

Vidya Dehejia

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10 Oct 2006
Divided into thematic sections, this volume takes a look at individual genres of photography in India. These include city panoramas, documentary records of architectural monuments and native peoples of India, images of war, landscapes, portraits of the Maharajas, images of the British empire and native Indian photographers, focusing in particular on the remarkable Lala Deen Dayal. While the approach intertwines roles of photography and colonialism, the deciding factor in the choice of images is aesthetic quality.
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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Mandala Publishing Group; New edition edition (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932771913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932771916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Images from India ! 5 Jan 2003
By Duncan Wong - Published on Amazon.com
A visual reference of museum quality for researchers, or just people interested in this country.
This book accompanies an exhibition of photography collection of India for the period 1840-1911. These images are produced more than hundred years ago, during the early ages after photography was invented. Indian and foreigner found photography as magic, when using their camera to capture the surrounding environment to image. It covers powerful images about landscapes, people, architecture, etc from India.
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5.0 out of 5 stars antique photos of all aspects of pre-modern Indian culture 19 Nov 2007
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
The plain title does not begin to do justice to the richness and diversity of the contents. The numerous lightly sepia-toned photographs, many full-page and one a panoramic fold-out, are especially handsome as well as informative as to Indian buildings, royalty and their traditional wear, ordinary Indians, ruins, and landscapes and nature scenes. But even with these, the book is more than only a distinctive album of vintage photos of India. Essays by art historians and critics go into various aspects of the project engaged in by native Indians and colonial British to record India in all its diversity and foreignness with the new device of the camera, as if to preserve India before it would be touched by the machinery and pace of the modern world.

Different native and colonial photographers were attracted to different aspects of India during the decades covered. Some concentrated on pictures of different ethnic groups; some on portraits of royalty; while others recorded the British administrative and military presence. With essays on several of the leading photographers, the book is also a survey of the field of photographic work done in India in the mid to late 1800s and into the early 1900s. Thus, "India Through the Lens" can be appreciated both for its exceptional, engaging photographs and as a introduction to the subject of photography in India.
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5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing work 6 July 2001
By amardeep samra - Published on Amazon.com
the collection of these rare pictures of the time of british raj in india is gorgeous. reading this book is like visiting a museum. brilliant job done
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