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Op-Ed | 'The eye of the beholder' by Tara Kaushal

Op-Ed | 'The eye of the beholder' by Tara Kaushal | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"The democratisation of cameras and image-taking has its side-effects, chief among them the engenderment of a new brand of voyeurism. But Tara* Kaushal argues that the camera can be a tool of self-defence for women as well."

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"On not being a tree" | Art Place and the Tyranny of Context, by Aveek Sen

"On not being a tree" | Art Place and the Tyranny of Context, by Aveek Sen | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Someone should write about the international politics of contextualization, and how a great deal of serious academic work is structured by that politics. Why is it, for instance, that Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, the Bechers or Jeff Wall is simply photography, whereas Graciela Iturbide is Mexican photography or Nobuyoshi Araki Japanese photography? I suspect that the answer to this is not only political, but also geopolitical, going back to the ancient geographical divides in post-Enlightenment European epistemology: Who is looking at whom? Who is studying whom? Who is writing about whom? Who is the subject, and who the object, of knowledge and of interpretation? What do we need to know in order to understand a Western artist? And what do we need to know in order to understand a non-Western artist? Who are ‘we’ here?"

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Who has Photographs? by Janaki Abraham

Who has Photographs? by Janaki Abraham | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

The Thiyyas, a matrilineal community from North Kerala whose members are spread all over the India and the world, tend to document family history through photographs, letters, family trees, genealogies and myths of creation. Sociologist Janaki Abraham has been researching the visual cultures of the Thiyyas for the last five years. In the following essay she presents photographs found in home in Thalassery, Kerala, and challenges the assumption that the privileged alone had collections of old photographs.

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