- Department: History of Art
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. Jason Edwards
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
Photography arrived in South Asia almost as soon as it was simultaneously invented in Britain and France. This module considers Indo-British photographic practice, selecting potential examples from the birth of the medium to the birth of a partitioned India and Pakistan in 1947.
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Photography arrived in the Indian subcontinent almost as soon as it was simultaneously invented in Britain and France. This module considers Indo-British photographic practice from the birth of the medium to the birth of a partitioned India and Pakistan in 1947.
The module might consider both British and South Asian practitioners, and might explore examples from across the range of photographic practices, such as portraiture, landscape and cityscape, ethnographic and anthropological, war, documentary, photocollage, and the family album.
The module might also consider depictions of other locations central to the East India Company project at the fringes of the Raj, such as Afghanistan, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, and China.
The module will be image-centred and intensive, with students required to select and present on an image of their choice in every session.
By the end of the module, students should have acquired:
A detailed, critical knowledge of the practice of photography in South Asia from 1837 to 1947
A detailed, critical knowledge of the broader cultural contexts of Indo-British photography in the period
A detailed, critical knowledge of the historiographical and methodological practices associated with South Asian photography
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