A photograph can read as a text and the interpreter’s ideology reflects in the narration, meaning one description can be very much different from another, said Professor Malavika Karlekar of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi, India yesterday (Sunday, 4 February 2018).
She was giving a presentation on "Re-visioning the Past: The Photograph as a Bridge between the Public and the Private" at the BRAC University auditorium. The event was organised by the Department of English and Humanities.
Vice Chancellor Professor Saad Syed Andaleeb PhD presented a crest welcoming Dr Karlekar, a co-editor of the Indian Journal of Gender Studies and a regular columnist of The Telegraph (Kolkata) based on archival photographs.
Dr Karlekar presented photographs of Indian independence movement activist Kalpana Datta Joshi, presenting how her private life was brought into the public sphere.
She also spoke Sunil Janah, an Indian photojournalist and documentary photographer who took most of the pictures.
Her recent books are Re-visioning the Past-Early Photography in Bengal (2005), Visualizing Indian Women (2005), and Visual Histories Photography in the Popular Imagination (2013). The presentation ended with a question and answer session.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Ansar Ahmed PhD, Department of English and Humanities Chairperson Professor Firdous Azim, faculty members and students were present.