Studies in Tamil Studio Archives

Pattrika N°46- July 2016

“The S.T.A.R.S. project (Studies in Tamil Studio Archives and Society) hosted by the department of Social Sciences recently completed a 12 month intensive field survey funded by the EAP (British Library Arcadia) which explored the feasibility, scope and extent of creating
an extensive digital archive of family portraiture produced by commercial photo studios of Tamil Nadu, from the second half of the 19th century up to the introduction of mechanized processing of negatives and prints in the 1980s. S.T.A.R.S. aims to understand the different modes of production, diffusion and consumption of black and white manually-processed studio photography (prints, negatives and glass plates) which are rapidly disappearing either through natural degradation but also often voluntary destruction.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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