“Photos of the Gods”: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. Front Cover. Christopher Pinney. Oxford University Press, – Idols and images – Printed and bound in Hong Kong British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Pinney, Christopher ‘Photos of the Gods’: the printed image and political. : Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India (): Christopher Pinney: Books.

Author: Kajigami Shashakar
Country: Montenegro
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Automotive
Published (Last): 17 March 2013
Pages: 358
PDF File Size: 14.33 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.42 Mb
ISBN: 345-1-50432-473-8
Downloads: 38571
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Gadal

Gladstone Solomon, the Principal of the J. Although they rebuked this first painter, later on they realized that it was not going to affect their market because wealthy people would still buy the paintings. Itinerant bards and storytellers played an important role in disseminating visual traces of the divine.

I have suggested that my reading of the history of mass-produced Hindu ritual art shows that this early 92 photos of the gods 68 The painter Narottam Narayan Sharma, c. The palace has a large Durbar Hall, ninety-three feet long and fifty-four feet broad, with mosaic decorations on the walls and a mosaic floor specially executed by Italian workmen, and carved wooden galleries reserved for ladies.

The painting depicts the final ordeal of Sita upon her return to Ayodhya.

Indians were also involved in technical and artisanal aspects of the print industry: Simultaneously, however, different kinds of relationship between images and social reality will become apparent. The gods were not simply mannequins to be remodelled within a new representational scheme; the realignment of deities along a new realist tangent created a new hybrid space of magical realist mytho-politics.


These 62 The same image reworked as part of an advertising placard for S. The viewer is immediately hailed by his gaze and we are commanded to reciprocate. Kishorilal Bhargava claimed that they started with between eight and ten designs, one of which was the image of Hanuman depicted on their Chandni Chowk signboard. Shortly thereafter a similar print was issued, this time in vertical portrait format, in which Dharmaraj beseeches the empty void where once the swordwielding demon stood illus.

Catalogues Download PDF catalogues: A couple are close copies of Calcutta Art Studio and Ravi Varma Press lithographs and some reflect the influence of reference material such as the catalogues produced by a German company L.

In India the reawakening of the human sensorium went hand in hand with the insertion of mass-produced images into spaces of Hindu worship. You are a real Hindu.

‘Photos of the Gods’: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India

A hero figure for Chitpavan Brahmans such as Chiplunkar and Tilak. While the majority of plates have been prepared from Ravi Varma chromolithographs, several of the plates are clearly based on original paintings, rather than any subsequent chromolithographic traduction.

This fight takes place against a dramatic mountain backdrop, tempered slightly by that irrepressible sign of Nathdvara, floral luxuriance. The official version repeatedly lauds him for this: This decentralization and diversity is another central theme of the book. Comparing the Chitrashala lithograph with the Wales portrait illus.


“Photos of the Gods”

Please send comments about this review to editor. The swadeshi movement gathered strength: Using the tools of the art historian, Pinney provides a strong visual analysis of popular images, identifying specific visual strategies and how they are used, given meaning, and transformed through their dissemination beyond their point of origin.

Indian Christopheer Under the Shadow of Colonialism. The gentle- 25 Shri Shankar, also known as Shivpanchayatam ? Parallel to this there are a much larger number of composite images and portraiture becomes much more frontal and symmetrical. In these images produced at the apex of independent nationhood we will find all the terms of the allegory explicitly present.

Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India

The Marquess of Lansdowne, the Viceroy, and others1 expounded such a thesis in a memo in The death of Madhav Rao ii in destabilized his role and he died in Ramakrishna, 19 Kali induces samadhi in Ramakrishna, a calendar image c. By the late s lithography phoos also competing within this vibrant space of picture production.

Hence, the mass production of images of Indian gods and goddesses became a political tool for anticolonial struggles. A chromolithographic example of the manoratha genre.