Lessons from Hell: Printing and Punishment in India

By: Christopher Pinney

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This book documents the growth of printed images of punishments in hell from 19th- and 20th-century India. It explores what happens when new technologies of image reproduction collide with deep cultural traditions, and traces the sources of the iconography and formal visual structures that found new expression in late 19th-century chromolithographs showing deeds and their punishments. These prints, often titled Karni Bharni (reap as you sow), remain part of a living tradition, being still commercially produced by several presses. Apart from being the first study of this genre of disturbing but compellingly fascinating images, the concise text offers more general understandings on print history, local and global imaginaries, the nature of mimesis, and the tenacious presence of “messianic” thought in contemporary India. Christopher Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. Among his publications are Camera Indica (1997), “Photos of the Gods” (2004), The Coming of Photography in India (2008) and Photography and Anthropology (2011). A book about mirages, The Waterless Sea, is forthcoming. Printed Pages: 136 with 130 illustrations.

Title: Lessons from Hell: Printing and Punishment in India

Author Name: Christopher Pinney

Categories: India, Art & Art History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Mumbai, India, Marg Publications: 2018

ISBN: 9789383243204

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 305 x 241 Mm

Seller ID: 040160

Keywords: Lessons from Hell: Printing and Punishment in India