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Title:
Imaging the Arctic
Author:
King, J. C. H. (Jonathan C. H.)
Publication Information:
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
General Note:
Chiefly essays first presented at a conference held at the Museum of Mankind, London, April 1996.
Language:
English
Contents:
Two early photographs of an Inughuaq (Polar Eskimo) / William C. Sturtevant, Inge Kleivan -- Technology and vision : factors shaping nineteenth-century Arctic photography / Nicholas Whitman -- Early photographers of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland / Douglas Wamsley, William Barr -- The history of Canadian Arctic photography : issues of territorial and cultural sovereignty / Pamela Stern -- Peter Pitseolak and the photographic template / Dorothy Harley Eber -- Pictures of the Arctic night : Archibald Lang Fleming and the representation of Canadian Inuit / Peter Geller -- Contemporary Inuit photography in Nunavik : two decades of documentary, photojournalism and corporate photography at Makivik corporation / Zebedee Nungak, Stephen Hendrie -- Using photography to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic : the A.P. Low expedition of 1903-4 aboard the CGS Neptune / Jim Burant -- In search of Geraldine Moodie : a project in progress / Donny White -- The photographic album of C.M. Catos the Eastern Arctic, c.1909-14 / J.C.H. King -- The Greenlandic photographer John Miller / Inge Kleivan -- The Roald Amundsen photographs of the Netsilik people, 1903-5 / Ann Christie Eek -- The Alaska photographs of Edward W. Nelson, 1877-81 / William W. Fitzhugh -- More than just Black and white : Marvin Peter's Barrow family album / Chris B. Wooley, Karen Brewster -- The gift / Bill Hess -- Charles Menadelook photographs : a family collection / Eileen Norbert -- The present as history : photographs and the Canadian Inuit, 1959-94 / Nelson H.H. Graburn -- With broom and camera : Gladys Knight Harris's photography of Inupiat women, 1949 / Molly Lee -- Persuasive images : photograph of Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the Stefansson collection on Polar Exploration at Dartmouth College / Kesler E. Woodward --Robert J Flaherty : the autobiography of an Arctic photographer, 1906-21 / Robert J. Christopher -- Reflecting on contested images / Alan Rudolph Marcus -- Filmic fantasies in arctic lands : photographing the Inuit of North West Greenland in 1932 / Henrietta Lidchi -- In Torngak's realm : the nineteenth-century photography of Moravian missionaries in Labrador / Stephen Loring -- The native photograph / Simeonie Keenainak -- In conclusion : the power of the image / Hugh Brody.
ISBN:
9780295977249

9780774806725
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A wealth of contemporary & historical photographs of the Artic - movie stills, photographs by scholars, missionaries, Natives, amateurs & professionals - coupled with essays about the power & meaning of photographs.


Summary

Photographers have been bringing images of the Arctic to a fascinatedpublic since the nineteenth century. Imaging the Arctic is the firstgeneral account of the photography of the indigenous peoples of theNorth American Arctic. Bringing together Native and non-Nativephotographers, archivists, and anthropologists, this volume exploresboth the aesthetics and the content of Arctic photographs. Issues aboutthe power and meaning of photographs are addressed from a number ofdifferent perspectives: the history and technology of the medium,gender, various genres, the links between photography, film, and thearts, and the contrasting approaches of Native and non-Native andpersonal and official photographers.


Author Notes

J.C.H. King is Assistant Keeper of Ethnography atthe British Museum with special responsibility for the North AmericanCollections. Henrietta Lidchi is the Thaw SpecialAssistant of Ethnography at the British Museum, working with the NorthAmerican Collections.

Other contributors include William Barr, Karen Brewster, Hugh Brody,Jim Burant, Edmund Carpenter, Robert I. Christopher, Dorothy HarleyEber, Ann Christine Eck, William W. Fitzhugh, Peter Geller, Nelson H.H.Graburn, Stephen Hendric, Bill Hess, Simmconic Keenainak, Inge Kleivan,Molly Lee, Stephen Loring, Alan Rudolph Marcus, Eileen Norbert, ZebedeeNungak, George Quviq Qulaut, Pamela Stern, William C. Sturtevant,Douglas Wamsley, Donny White, Nicholas Witman, Kesler E. Woodward, andChris B. Wooley.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Gathered here are 25 papers presented at a 1996 conference entitled "Imagining the Arctic: The Native Photograph in Alaska, Canada and Greenland," organised by the British Museum's Department of Ethnography. Most of them deal with historical photographs dating as far back as the 1840s. However, the volume is far more than simply a collection of old photographs or an illustrated history of Arctic native peoples. Some of the chapters are more or less straight historical accounts, but others go much further, treating issues such as cultural and territorial sovereignty, the art and science of photography, the power and meaning of the photographs, and the semiotics of this art. Some of the photographers are well known (Robert Flaherty, Roald Amundsen); others are obscure. The variety of the contributions results in a work whose chapters will appeal to different audiences. Some are for a general readership, while others are written in a postmodernist language for a specialized readership. The photographs themselves are a wonderful record of Arctic history. The book is beautifully produced and a bargain at the price. All levels. W. R. Morrison; University of Northern British Columbia


Choice Review

Gathered here are 25 papers presented at a 1996 conference entitled "Imagining the Arctic: The Native Photograph in Alaska, Canada and Greenland," organised by the British Museum's Department of Ethnography. Most of them deal with historical photographs dating as far back as the 1840s. However, the volume is far more than simply a collection of old photographs or an illustrated history of Arctic native peoples. Some of the chapters are more or less straight historical accounts, but others go much further, treating issues such as cultural and territorial sovereignty, the art and science of photography, the power and meaning of the photographs, and the semiotics of this art. Some of the photographers are well known (Robert Flaherty, Roald Amundsen); others are obscure. The variety of the contributions results in a work whose chapters will appeal to different audiences. Some are for a general readership, while others are written in a postmodernist language for a specialized readership. The photographs themselves are a wonderful record of Arctic history. The book is beautifully produced and a bargain at the price. All levels. W. R. Morrison; University of Northern British Columbia


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