This chapter explores how phrenologists used photography to enter into late nineteenth-century debates concerning the evolution of mankind. More broadly, it argues that the history of colonial photography needs to examine reception as much as production. By following a set of phrenological photographs as they traveled between India, Britain, and France, this chapter highlights how phrenological and racial photography could be contested. It also argues that we need to examine the history of racial science as it moved across different imperial spaces, taking in both the French and British empires.
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