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For what shall I wield a dagger?

For what shall I wield a dagger?

Over the (all-too-brief) reading week, I watched an Indian art-house film from 2002, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The film is set in 2001, around communal riots in an unspecified region of the country – somewhere near an unnamed hill station (!). Photography plays a significant role in the film, as the hero is a wildlife … Continue reading

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Reverend William Sheppard

Reverend William Sheppard

Back to this photograph. At the most basic level it depicts a group of men. But, of course, we read into it far more than that. As Roland Barthes would argue, it is the connotations of what this photograph depicts which jar the viewer. Why is it troubling? Well, for one thing, it upsets notions … Continue reading