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GIAN Course on Photographic Theories and Practices at JNU, New Delhi [Oct 28-Nov 8]: Registrations Open

About the course

Photography has had a long and complex history that has engaged the world since the mid nineteenth century. It is an essential aspect of the visual excess that characterizes human living today. Photography has long been recognized as an important field of study and practice, with its own area of problematics and investigations, especially since the cultural and visual turns in the humanities. Hence media, the sciences, governments, and everyday social and familial life have become of the chief domains that have actively engaged the camera, using diverse photographic formats including journalism, art, commercial photography and portraiture, to name a few.

India has had a rich internal history of photography, even as the discipline’s theoretical discourse and practical technologies have constantly borne the influence of global developments. The proposed GIAN course would cover key practical as well as theoretical dimensions of photography through lectures and tutorials by two leading international figures in the field.

Who can attend?

Students of all degree levels, teachers, practitioners of photography, museum studies, art and visual studies, critics, curators, journalists, media persons, archivists, museologists, art conservationists in private and government organisations. Anyone else interested in the subject.


A total of 10 lectures shall be divided between sessions dealing with the history and theory of photography (5 lectures of 2 hours each by Prof. Christopher Pinney, University College, London) and the care and identification of photographs (5 sessions of 2 hours each by Ms. Taina Meller, George Eastman Museum, Rochester). Attendees of the course shall have to come to all lectures in order to receive a certificate.


The primary objectives of the course are as follows:

  • To give a historical overview of the key theoretical and material developments in photography since the mid 19th century
  • To understand key texts on photographic theory, which also connects with the larger academic fields of culture studies, politics, visual culture and media studies
  • To gain basic understanding of the physical and chemical properties of photographs, to develop skills in photographic process identification, and to learn about preservation practices for photographic materials. This shall develop a future interest in practices of archiving and preserving photographs in public and private collections of India
  • To allow attendees of the course to go on to locate Indian photography within the larger historical trajectory of the camera’s operations.
  • MA and M Phil students of JNU: Free
  • Ph.D students and Faculty of JNU: INR 1000
  • Students of other recognised educational institutions: INR 1000
  • Faculty/professionals from other recognised educational institutions: Rs. 2000
  • Participants from abroad: USD 500
  • Total number of seats available is 60
  • Registration will be done on the first-come-first-served basis

Dr. Suryanandini Narain
Tel: 9811099657
Email: suryanandini[at]jnu.ac.in

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