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Artisan Camera
Artisan Camera

Christopher Pinney; Suresh Punjabi


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.


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Christopher Pinney; Suresh Punjabi


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.



Price: $ 19.95
Sale Price: $ 14.97 / Rs 750.00

Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit
Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit

Amrita Das (art); Gita Wolf & Susheela Varadarajan (text, from the Hindi original by Amrita Das)


In the light of continuing debates on Indian women's mobility and choices, young Mithila painter from Bihar, India, Amrita Das offers a disarmingly fresh perspective on being female and an artist in the making.


Amrita Das (art); Gita Wolf & Susheela Varadarajan (text, from the Hindi original by Amrita Das)


In the light of continuing debates on Indian women's mobility and choices, young Mithila painter from Bihar, India, Amrita Das offers a disarmingly fresh perspective on being female and an artist in the making.

Her visual tale is gentle yet resolute, the art treading a fine balance between tradition and innovation. In the process, she manages to steer the Mithila tradition of women's art away from the domesticity of its origins to actually questioning the traditional confines of women's lives.

Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit is a reflective account of a young woman’s thoughts and feelings as she comes into contact with the larger world.



Price: $ 16.95
Sale Price: $ 12.70 / Rs 400.00

Pictures from Italy
Pictures from Italy

Our visual edition of this travelogue by Charles Dickens, illustrated by contemporary Italian artist Livia Signorini. The book is released as a tribute to the great master in the 200th year of his birth. 


Charles Dickens, Livia Signorini
130 pages; 140 x 220 mm; Hardcover

Pictures from Italy
is one of Charles Dickens’ earlier works, a fantastic and whimsical foray into the twin worlds of travel and the imagination. Written in the 1840s when he traveled to the continent, it is a travelogue offering a rare glimpse into his life. 

In this illustrated edition, Italian artist Livia Signorini takes inspiration from Dickens’ words and plays with his sense of place, memory, and politics. The result is a contemporary dialogue with his work which renews our sense of his enduring vision.

Pictures from Italy
is a tribute to the world of the great master in the 200th year of his birth.



Price: $ 21.95
Sale Price: $ 16.45 / Rs 750.00

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail

A pioneering visual exploration of the seventeenth century trick poem 'I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail' this unique book uses art and design in the service of language.


A well-known folk poem from 17th century England, 'I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail' is a form of trick verse. The poem at first seems nonsensical, but given a break in the middle of each line begins to make perfect sense. In this pioneering visual exploration of I Saw a Peacock, Gond tribal artist Ramsingh Urveti and book designer Jonathan Yamakami use art and design in the service of language. Working together, revealing and concealing, they brilliantly mirror the shifting ways in which poetry creates meaning.



Price: $ 18.50
Sale Price: $ 13.85 / Rs 600.00

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Sita\
Sita's Ramayana

A retelling of the timeless epic, this graphic novel is told from Sita's point of view and draws on a long tradition of female retellings of the saga.


Sita’s Ramayana shifts the point of view of the Ramayana – the saga of a heroic war – to bring a woman’s perspective to this timeless epic. Narrated by the heroine Sita, it is a powerful meditation on the fate of women, as they become pawns in the wars between men and kingdoms. But Sita is not just a patient victim of events – she endures her fate with fortitude, until the moment she decides to challenge it. The book unites two women from very different backgrounds: young urban writer Samhita Arni collaborates with Patua scroll artist Moyna Chitrakar to create this unusual graphic novel.



Price: $ 16.95
Sale Price: $ 12.70 / Rs 550.00

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