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Selected publications


The Coming of Photography in India British Museum, (forthcoming) 2008.

“The Prosthetic Eye: Photography as Cure and Poison” in Matthew Engelke ed. Evidence special issue of Journal of the Royal Anthropological Instititute, 2008.


“Accidental Ramdevji” in Jyotindra Jain ed. Indian Popular Culture, Marg (Mumbai) 2008

“Paul Seawright, Invisible Cities: Outside the Global City” in Portfolio Photographic Magazine May 2007.
Link on the Portfolio website.

“The Bomb and the Body in Colonial India” in Richard H. Davis (ed.) Picturing the Nation: Iconographies of Modern India Orient Longman. 2007 pp 51-64.

“Notes on the Epidemiology of Allure” in David Blamey and Edward D'Souza eds. Living Pictures London: Open Editions. 2006.

“What is to Be Done” Source 2006.

“Four Types of Visual Culture” in Chris Tilley et. al eds. Handbook of Material Culture London: Sage. 2006.


“Ethnographic Subjectivity” Bidoun Summer 2006.

"Things Happen: Or, From Which Moment Does That Object Come?" in Daniel Miller (ed.) Materiality. Durham. N.C.: Duke University Press 2005.

“World System Photography” Source 2005.

“The political economy of gloss” Bidoun 2005.

'Photos of the Gods': The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. London: Reaktion/Delhi: Oxford University Press 2004.

"Creole Europe: The Reflection of a Reflection", New Zealand Journal of Literature (Special issue: "Stettlement Studies"), 2003, pp. 125-161.

"Some Indian 'Views of India': The Ethics of Representation" in Maria Antonella Pelizarri (ed.) Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900, Montreal: Canadian Centre for Photography/Yale: Paul Mellon Centre. pp. 262-275

Photography's Other Histories (co-edited volume with Nicolas Peterson), Durham N.C.: Duke University, Press April 2003.

"Automonster" in Peter Wollen (ed.) Autopia. London: Reaktion Books. 2002. pp.227-232.

Beyond Aesthetics: Art and the Technologies of Enchantment. (Co-edited with Nicholas Thomas) Berg, Oxford/New York: New York University Press 2001.

Pleasure and the Nation: the history, politics and consumption of public culture in India. (co-edited with Rachel Dwyer),Delhi: Oxford University Press 2001.

"Indian Magical Realism: notes on popular visual culture" in Subaltern Studies X eds. Gautam Bhadra, Gyan Prakash and Suzie Tharu. Delhi:Oxford University Press. 1999. pp. 201-233.

"On Living in the Kal(i)yug: Notes from Nagda, Madhya Pradesh" in Contributions to Indian Sociology 1999, 33(1&2):77-106, also published in book version in The Worlds of Indian Industrial Labour, eds. Jonathan P.Parry, Jan Breman, Karin Kapadia. Sage India 1999.

Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian photographs London: Reaktion Books/Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1997.

"The Nation (Un)Pictured: Chromolithography and Popular Politics in India, 1878-1995." in "Frontlines and Borderposts", special issue of Critical Inquiry ed. Homi Bhabha, Summer 1997 23(4):834-865.

"A historia paralela da Antropologia e da Fotografia" in Cadernos de Antropologia e Imagen (2):29-52, 1996 (Rio de Janeiro). (trans. of "Parallel Histories" in Edwards [ed.] 1992).

"Hindi Cinema and Half-Forgotten Dialects: An Interview with Ashis Nandy", Visual Anthropology Review 11(2):7-16, Fall 1995.

"Moral Topophilia: the significations of landscape in Hindu chromolithographs" in Eric Hirsch and M. O'Hanlon (eds.) The Anthropology of Landscape: perspectives on place and space Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp.78-113, 1995.

The Impossible Science of Being: Dialogues Between Anthropology and Photography (Co-edited (with Ruth Charity, Roslyn Poignant and Chris Wright) exhibition catalogue London: Photographers' Gallery, 1995.

"The Parallel Histories of Anthropology and Photography" pp.74-95 & "Underneath the Banyan Tree: William Crooke and photographic depictions of caste", pp.165-173, both in E.Edwards (ed.) Anthropology and Photography 1860-1920, Yale University Press, 1992.

"Future Travel: Anthropology and Cultural Distance in an Age of Virtual Reality, Or, the Past Seen from a Possible Future," Visual Anthropology Review, 8(1):pp 38-55, Spring 1992; reprinted in L. Taylor (ed.) Visualizing Theory Routledge: New York 1994.

"Colonial Anthropology in the 'Laboratory of Mankind'" pp.252-263, and c.60 catalogue entries, pp.278-304 and passim, in C.A.Bayly (ed.) The Raj: India and the British, 1600 - 1947 London: National Portrait Gallery. 1990 (issued in India by Oxford University Press, Delhi, under the title An Illustrated History of India, 1991).

Forthcoming publications


‘Colonialism and Culture’ in Tony Bennett and John Frow eds. A Handbook of Cultural Analysis. London: Sage May 2008

‘The Material and Visual Culture of the British Empire’ in Nandini Gooptu and Douglas Peers eds. Companion to Oxford History of the British Empire. Oxford: OUP

“Buddhist Photography” in Sudeshna Guha ed. John Marshall. Alkazi/ Prestel.

“Iatrogenic Religion and Politics” in William Mazzarella and Raminder Kaur eds. Censorship and Culture and India. Indiana

“The Line and the Curve” in Julie Codell ed. Durbar Photography Alkazi/Prestel