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Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of an Indian photography exhibition

Gujral, D; (2019) Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of an Indian photography exhibition. Object , 20 (20) pp. 33-58. 10.14324/111.2396-9008.035. Green open access

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Abstract

This article attempts to reconstruct the context of Painters with a Camera, an exhibition held at Jehangir Art Gallery in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the late 1960s by a group of young teachers (almost all former students) at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Although the exhibition has fallen out of the discourse of modern South Asian photographic practice, the exhibition offers a look how the photographic medium was utilised in the context of Baroda at this time. Existing documentation of the exhibition, including its title image by VS Patel, convey the theoretical possibilities that the exhibition’s constituent photographers posed vis-à-vis the printed/photographic image. It will address issues such as the pedagogical denial of photography at Baroda’s Faculty, the exhibition’s location at Jehangir Art Gallery, and the reintroduction of the hand into mechanical photographic practice.

Type: Article
Title: Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of an Indian photography exhibition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2396-9008.035
Publisher version: http://ojs.lib.ucl.ac.uk/index.php/OBJ
Language: English
Additional information: ©2018, The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Photography, modernism, India, Baroda, pedagogy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of History of Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065730
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