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Photo Demos: A Seminar With Christopher Pinney

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

This seminar will comprise a focused discussion with distinguished scholar of photography Christopher Pinney concerning his Photo Demos project, and its associated pamphlet series.

Thursday 13 October 6.00-7.15pm (AEST) Online with limited registration

This seminar will build on Professor Pinney’s lecture “Citizens of Photography: Demotic Visual Practices in South Asia”, delivered on 29 September as part of the Power Institute's 2022 Sydney Asian Art Series, convened by Olivier Krischer.

Following registration, you will be emailed a set of readings that you are asked to complete in advance of the seminar. Registrants are encouraged to bring questions and comments, and to help produce a friendly and intellectually rich discussion.

CHRISTOPHER PINNEY is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. Pinney’s research has a strong geographic focus in central India: initial ethnographic research was concerned with village-resident factory workers. Subsequently he researched popular photographic practices and the consumption of Hindu chromolithographs in the same area. His publications combine contemporary ethnography with the historical archaeology of particular media, including his seminal books Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs (1998) and Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Stru!le in India (2004). His publications include Photography’s Other Histories (2003, edited with Nicolas Peterson), The Coming of Photography in India (2008), Photography and Anthropology (2011) and the Camera Artisan: Studio Photography from Central India (2013, with Suresh Punjabi). Most recently, he has been leading a collaborative project funded by the European Research Council, titled “Citizens of the Camera: Photography and the Political Imagination”.

The event is presented by the Power Institute with the Photographic Cultures Research Group at the University of Sydney.

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