The Camera as Witness. A Social History of Mizoram

The Camera as Witness. A Social History of Mizoram, Northeast India
by Joy L. K. Pachuau & Willem van Schendel
Cambridge University Press, 2015

The Camera as Witness lifts the veil off the little known world of Mizoram and challenges – through unpublished photographs – core assumptions in the writing of India’s national history. The photographs in the book establish the transformation of this society and the many forms of modernity that have emerged in it. It emphasizes how ‘indigenous people’ in Mizoram used cameras to produce distinct modern identities and represent themeselves, consistently contesting outsiders’ imaginations of them as isolated, backward and in need of upliftment.

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