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.
Writer: Christopher Pinney
Photos: Suresh Punjabi, the proprietor and photographer of Studio Suhag in Nagda
Design: Tanuja Ramani
Details: Artisan Camera
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 225 × 200 mm
Tara Books is an independent publishing house started in 1994 by Gita Wolf. In their own words Tara Books aims at 'Pushing the boundaries of the book form in an age that is busy writing its obituary'. Specialising in the visual arts, the publishing house also has titles ranging from children’s picture books, graphic novels, to photography and book art.