PhotographyÆs Other Histories by Christopher PinneyPhotographyÆs Other Histories by Christopher Pinney

PhotographyÆs Other Histories

EditorChristopher Pinney, Nicolas Peterson

Paperback | May 1, 2003

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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, HulleahTsinhnahjinnie, Christopher Wright

Title:PhotographyÆs Other HistoriesFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 2003Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0822331136

ISBN - 13:9780822331131

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"Solid, theoretically informed case studies cover a wide geographic and historical range and do not shy away from the detail needed to explore specific, sometimes intricate, examples of photographic reinterpretation. . . . "Photography's Other Histories" is chock-full of complex, interesting, and thoughtful scholarship. . . . [T]his is a marvelous book and the breadth of historical and geographical range it does cover helps to make its compelling case. Above al it is the way these essays work together and the conversations and counterpoints that arise among the papers and well-organized sections that make it so important. Indeed, the overall volume succeeds in making it very hard to think of photography only in terms of European and American settings, conventions, and histories. This is a major achievement." --Corinne A. Kratz, "International Journal of African Historical Studies"