Arts & Culture
Rahaab Allana, curator of the “Drawn from Light” exhibition, says the photographs featured are marked by a creative tension between universal aspects of photography and the culture-specific pictorial conventions of 19th century India. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA
A recent exhibition in New Delhi of vintage cameras provided a window into the long history of the camera and photography. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA
Rabindranath Tagore’s concepts can form the basis of a critique of the idea of an over-centralised nation seeking cultural standardisation as also a plea for a more open, truly federal polity where people are free to imagine the nation in the way they want and relate to it on their own terms.
“Drawn from Light”, an exhibition of photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries by British and Indian photographers, shows how the new medium functioned as an essential tool in colonial historiography. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA. Pictures: The Alkazi Collection of Photography
There is hardly any dissenting writer in the world who has not turned the period of his/her imprisonment into a season for reflection, imagination and creative expression.
The 1929 Soviet film “Man with the Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov was recently adjudged the greatest documentary ever made; Vertov himself perhaps was not without a sense that the film was speaking more to posterity than to the present.