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Another Lens

Photography and the Emergence of Image Culture

Edited by Rahaab Allana

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Another Lens

Another Lens: Photography and the Emergence of Image Culture, volume 4 in the India Since the 90s series, reframes lens-based practice in India through a fresh historical perspective. The book presents a new assemblage of well-known writing and image-making. From texts by historians to recent statements/interviews by practitioners of photography, the chapters in the book come together to narrate a new story about the transformation and redefinition of photography in the 1990s – a decade marked by economic liberalization, globalization and the ascent of digital technology that revolutionized the media sphere. This compilation critically examines normative paradigms of image production, exhibition-making and circulation in the areas of documentary and fine art photography, journalism, cinema, contemporary art and the archive. It delineates new publics, emergent patterns of viewership, shifting modes of media consumption, and the diverse, technologically enabled creative trajectories that inscribe the postcolonial imaginary within the wider orbit of South Asian image cultures.

Rahaab Allana

Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi. A Charles Wallace grant awardee and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK), he received his MA in Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and was Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Visual Anthropology at University College, London. He was Founding Editor of PIX, a themed digital publication that focused on South Asian lens-based creative work, and Founder of ASAP | art (Alternative South Asia Photography | Art), the region’s first app for presentation and discussion of contemporary visual cultural production. Allana works nationally and internationally with museums, archives, cultural initiatives/institutions, universities and arts festivals. He was Guest Editor for the themed issue ‘Delhi: Looking Out/Looking In’, Aperture 243 (Summer 2021), and Editor, Unframed: Discovering Image Practices in South Asia (2023), a critical Reader on lens-based practices, meta-histories of the image, and diverse trajectories inscribed by practitioners in and from the region. He is on the editorial board of Trans Asia Photography, the advisory committees of the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues (Rome) and Arts and Culture Committee, Asia Society (India Chapter). He recently received the award ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ from the Government of France.