Anthropologist - Art Historian
Pinney has been researching popular visual culture in central India since the 1980s. In the late 1990s he published Camera Indica, a book on popular photographic practices. This talk tries to bring the story up to date – to late 2015 – looking not only at how popular practices have changed but also at how different theoretical paradigms might be necessary to understand those practices.
Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. Recent books include Photography and Anthropology (Reaktion, 2011) and (with the photographer Suresh Punjabi) Artisan Camera: Studio Photography from Central India (Tara, 2013).