Street Dreams: Contemporary Indian Studio Photographs from the Satish Sharma Collection

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Booth-Clibborn, 1997 - Photography - 112 pages
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This selection of street images from The Satish Sharma Collection reveals the popular face of photography in India. These are the signs and icons of their times. This collection is an attempt to recover and define an alternative cultural heritage -- a post-colonial history and an Indian non-Western cultural identity. The studios of India's 'rotiographers' allow ordinary men and women to act out their fantasies: the studio supplies the props and backgrounds, you choose who you want to be. Compellingly combining the imagined and the real, these images challenge Western stereotypes of India and bring us face to face with a vibrant vernacular culture.

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About the author (1997)

Williams is a writer and curator, based in London. She writes regularly on photography and cultural issues. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous galleries and educational institutions, and was appointed Curator at the Hasselbad Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1999.

Anna Fox has worked in photography for thirty years. Influenced by British documentary tradition and US ?New Colourists?, her first work, Workstations (Camerawork, London 1988), observed London office culture in the mid-Thatcher years. Her later work, Friendly Fire, was exhibited in the exhibition Warworks at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Fox's solo shows have been seen at The Photographer's Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and her work has been included in numerous international group shows, such as Through the Looking Glass and Documentary Dilemmas. She is professor of photography at? the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.? " ?

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