Conditions of Visibility: Writings on Photography in Contemporary India
demy octavo hb 174pp ISBN 81-85604-28-2 Rs 450 Jan 2000
Elaborating new theoretical perspectives on visual hegemony, this book addresses the political processes of the photographic image. How does photography invoke an epistemology that subtly determines the scope and limit of what can be understood, said or done with images? Srivatsan uses gender, caste and class to serve as frames of reference for this very original and stimulating analysis. He takes into consideration a range of visual material: hand painted cinema hoardings, the modernism of Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographs in police records and the visual politics pf advertising and new photography.
R. Srivatsan is senior fellow, Anveshi Research Centre of Women’s Studies, Hyderabad. His research interests are on critical development studies, visual culture, health and healthcare systems.
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