[Reader-list] Photographs and surveillance

Rana Dasgupta rana_dasgupta at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 28 01:31:29 IST 2001

Further to last posting on biometric surveillance,
here's a picture that might be of interest.

It's a photograph of a convict from the Punjab dated
1869.  In the wake of the 1857 revolution the British
invested a lot in new ways of understanding and
monitoring the population in India, and photography
was one of those ways.  

notice also how categories such as 'Caste' were
important governing categories.


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