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Photography's other histories
Pinney, Christopher.
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Durham : Duke University Press, 2003.
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viii, 286 pages : illl. ; 25 cm.

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Moving the critical debate about photography away from its current Euro-American center of gravity, Photography's Other Histories breaks with the notion that photographic history is best seen as the explosion of a Western technology advanced by the work of singular individuals. This collection presents a radically different account, describing photography as a globally disseminated and locally appropriated medium. Essays firmly grounded in photographic practice--in the actual making of pictures--suggest the extraordinary diversity of nonwestern photography.

Richly illustrated with over 100 images, Photography's Other Histories explores from a variety of regional, cultural, and historical perspectives the role of photography in raising historical consciousness. It includes two first-person pieces by indigenous Australians and one by a Seminole/Muskogee/Dine' artist. Some of the essays analyze representations of colonial subjects--from the limited ways Westerners have depicted Navajos to Japanese photos recording the occupation of Manchuria to the changing "contract" between Aboriginal subjects and photographers. Other essays highlight the visionary quality of much popular photography. Case studies centered in early-twentieth-century Peru and contemporary India, Kenya, and Nigeria chronicle the diverse practices that have flourished in postcolonial societies. Photography's Other Histories recasts popular photography around the world, as not simply reproducing culture but creating it.

Contributors. Michael Aird, Heike Behrend, Jo-Anne Driessens, James Faris, Morris Low, Nicolas Peterson, Christopher Pinney, Roslyn Poignant, Deborah Poole, Stephen Sprague, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Christopher Wright

Author Notes

Christopher Pinney is Reader in Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. He is author of Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs and coeditor of Pleasure and the Nation and Beyond Aesthetics .

Nicolas Peterson is Reader in Anthropology at the Australian National University. He is coeditor of Citizenship and Indigenous Australians: Changing Conceptions and Possibilities .

Table of Contents

Introduction: "How the Other Half..."Christopher Pinney
1 Personal Archives
Relating to PhotographsJo-Anne Driessens
Growing Up with AboriginesMichael Aird
When Is a Photograph Worth a Thousand Words?Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
2 Visual Economies
The Making of Professional "Savages": From P.T. Barnam (1883) to the Sunday Times (1998)Roslyn Poignant
Navajo and PhotographyJames Faris
The Japanese Colonial Eye: Science, Exploration, and EmpireMorris Law
The Changing Photographic Contract: Aborigines and Image EthicsNicolas Peterson
Supple Bodies: The Papua New Guinea Photographs of Captain Francis R. Barton, 1899-1907Christopher Wright
3 Self-Fashioning and Vernacular Modernism
Figueroa Anznar and the Cusco Indigenistas: Photography and Modernism in Early-Twentieth Century PeruDeborah Poole
Notes from the Surface of the Image: Photography, Postcolonialism, and Vernacular ModernismChristopher Pinney
Imagined Journeys: The Likoni Ferry Photographers of Mombasa, KenyaHeike Behrend
Yoruba Photography: How the Yoruba See ThemselvesStephen Sprague
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