African Photographer J. A. Green: Reimagining The Indigenous And The Colonial by Martha G. AndersonAfrican Photographer J. A. Green: Reimagining The Indigenous And The Colonial by Martha G. Anderson

African Photographer J. A. Green: Reimagining The Indigenous And The Colonial

EditorMartha G. Anderson, Lisa Aronson

Paperback | October 26, 2017

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J. A. Green (1873-1905) was one of the most prolific and accomplished indigenous photographers to be active in West Africa. This beautiful book celebrates Green's photographs and opens a new chapter in the early photographic history of Africa. Soon after photography reached the west coast of Africa in the 1840s, the technology and the resultant images were disseminated widely, appealing to African elites, European residents, and travelers to the region. Responding to the need for more photographs, expatriate and indigenous photographers began working along the coasts, particularly in major harbor towns. Green, whose identity remained hidden behind his English surname, maintained a photography business in Bonny along the Niger Delta. His work covered a wide range of themes including portraiture, scenes of daily and ritual life, commerce, and building. Martha G. Anderson, Lisa Aronson, and the contributors have uncovered 350 of Green's images in archives, publications, and even albums that celebrated colonial achievements. This landmark book unifies these dispersed images and presents a history of the photographer and the area in which he worked.

Martha G. Anderson is Professor Emerita of the School of Art and Design at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.Lisa Aronson is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Art History at Skidmore College.
Title:African Photographer J. A. Green: Reimagining The Indigenous And The ColonialFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.68 inPublished:October 26, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253028957

ISBN - 13:9780253028952


Table of Contents

A Note Regarding Captions
Part One: Green in Context
1. Picture of the Niger Delta / Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa
2. Early Photographers in Coastal Nigeria and the Afterlife of Their Images, 1860-1930 / Christraud M. Geary
Part Two: Green and His Oeuvre
3. Image Maker Jonathan Adagogo Green and his Practice / Lisa Aronson
4. J. A. Green's Portraits: Picturing People in the Niger Delta / Lisa Aronson
Part Three: Viewing Green through Expatriate Eyes
5. Differing Views: Imperial Agendas and Personal Histories / Martha G. Anderson
6. Envisioning Africa: From Ethnographic Types to Picturesque Views / Martha G. Anderson
Part Four: The "Performative" Aspects of Green's Photographs
7. Telling Histories: J. A. Green's Photographs in Colonial Albums and Western Publications / Martha G. Anderson
8. Green's Photos and the Visualizing and Reinventing of Ijo Histories / Lisa Aronson
9. J. A. Green: Pioneer and Legend / Tam Fiofori
Appendix: Timeline
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"J. A. Green worked for colonials and locals in the Niger Delta circa 1891-1905. His images circulated regionally and internationally for 100 years, but his name and African identity had fallen into obscurity-until this beautifully illustrated and authoritative book. It thoroughly documents Green's photography, considers it through multiple frames of analysis, and challenges simplistic notions of a "colonial gaze."" -John Peffer, editor of Portraiture and Photography in Africa