Artisan Camera
Artisan Camera
Artisan Camera
Artisan Camera
Artisan Camera

Artisan Camera

Christopher Pinney, Suresh Punjabi 

Artisan Camera is a testimony to an era of hands-on studio photography, when physical materials combined with the photographer’s artistry to shape the final image. This book features work from Studio Suhag in Nagda, a small town in central India. Suresh Punjabi – the studio’s proprietor and photographer – showcases some of his vintage photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. They evoke a world where the studio portrait was an important memento, capturing not just the ‘real’ subject, but also a persona made over to meet the camera’s eye. A richly argued essay by visual anthropologist Christopher Pinney – author of Camera Indica – places Punjabi’s work in the context of a visual history.

Read a blog post by V. Geetha  — Lost and Found — to discover how this book keeps lost times from being truly forgotten.

$ 19.95

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Weight 500.0 g
Dimensions 225 × 200 mm








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Christopher Pinney

Christopher Pinney is a writer, an anthropologist and an art historian. He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. His book Camera Indica traces photography’s various purposes and goals in India from colonial through postcolonial times, and was published in 1997.

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Suresh Punjabi

Suresh Punjabi is the proprietor and photographer of Studio Suhag in Nagda, a small town in central India, almost exactly half-way between Delhi and Mumbai. The studio was founded by Suresh together with his brother Mahesh in the late 1970s.


Tanuja Ramani

Tanuja is a graphic designer and illustrator with a focus on editorial, publication and identity design. Tanuja is also part of the team at Kabadiwalla Connect, an award-winning social enterprise based in Chennai, and leads design at Upcykle, a studio focusing on design and innovation with reclaimed and sustainable materials. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.