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Painted Photographs
Colour Portraiture in India

by Rahaab Allana and Pramod Kumar K.G.

This volume explores the development of the embellished image in India through the painted photograph.
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Category: Art, Museum / Gallery and Exhibition Catalogues, Painting, Photography
Tags: photography, art, colonialism, modernism, painting, printmaking
 
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240 x 275 mm | 9.45 x 10.8 in
Flexicover with gatefold | 88 pages
59 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-81-89995-18-8 (Mapin)
978-0-944142-95-0 (Grantha)?
 
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This volume explores the development of the embellished image in India through the painted photograph, a genre that marks a significant chapter in the history of Indian photography. A crucial embodiment of the colonial encounter, these images abet the notion of modernism in visual practice at the turn of the 19th century. Successfully incorporating existent Indian traditions of illumination in painting, the painted photograph slowly emerged as a self-sustaining convention, a meld of realistic documentation and artistic manipulation that was also a legitimate expression of popular culture. The bold alchemy of brush and lens enabled a riveting third artefact, a synthesis of painting, photography and printmaking—modern art forms that affirmed the links between regional aesthetics, technological innovation and the urban market. These alluring, ambivalent compositions offer an inter-pictorial approach to reality, a remarkable mode of simulation provoked by cross-cultural aesthetic codes as well as profound sociological change.
 
The book accompanied an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London from July to September 2008.
 
Rahaab Allana is Curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. He completed his M.A. in Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in 2001. He has worked as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, and is the author of Inherited Spaces Inhabited Places (2005), a volume on World Heritage Sites, published by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Pramod Kumar K. G. was Associate Director at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. Founder Director of the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing at Jaipur, he was Director of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation in 2005–06, and of the Jaipur Heritage International Festival and the first Jaipur Literature Festival in 2006.
 

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Foreword by Ebrahim Alkazi

 
 

Praise

 

“Captures the stunning diversity evident in the formative years of photography in India.”
— Anand Sankar, Business Standard
 
“The lushness of the textiles, embroidery and jewellery, painted over to convey the glimmer of silk or the glitter of gold, can still be made out in the latest black-and-white versions of these chameleonic images.”
—Aveek Sen, The Telegraph
 
 
 

 

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