25TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (ECSAS)
Paris, France, 24-27 July 2018, EHESS
This panel is coordinated by Vanessa Caru & Zoe Headley
This panel seeks to interrogate the social, material, and retail conditions of production, diffusion and consumption of commercial photography in south Asia from its arrival in 1840 up to the introduction of mechanized processing and printing in the mid 1980s.
This panel seeks contributions pertaining to the history of the commercial practices and popular uses of photography in South Asia between 1840 and 1980. Though the history of photography in the subcontinent has some superb coffee table books, that its use by the colonial administration and local princely states has benefited from some in-depth scholarly scrutiny, that solid but scarce work from Madhya Pradesh and Bengal tell us about commercial studio photography, the social history of commercial studio photography and the visual rhetoric of the family portraits they produced has failed to attract sufficient scholarly attention.