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    Photography in Africa Ethnographic Perspectives

    ISBN-10: 1847010458
    ISBN-13: 9781847010452
    Author(s): Richard Vokes
    Description: This collection of studies in African photography examines, through a series of empirically rich historical and ethnographic cases, the variety of ways in which photographs are produced, circulated, and engaged across a range of social contexts. In  More...
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    Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 288
    Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.936
    Language: English

    This collection of studies in African photography examines, through a series of empirically rich historical and ethnographic cases, the variety of ways in which photographs are produced, circulated, and engaged across a range of social contexts. In so doing, it elucidates the distinctive characteristics of African photographic practices and cultures, vis-à-vis those of other forms of 'vernacular photography' worldwide. In addition, these studies develop a reflexive turn, examining the history of academic engagement with these African photographic cultures, and reflecting on the distinctive qualities of the ethnographic method as a means for studying such phenomena. The volume critically engages current debates in African photography and visual anthropology. First, it extends our understanding of the variety of ways in which both colonial and post-colonial states in Africa have used photography as a means for establishing, and projecting, their authority. Second, it moves discussion of African photography away from an exclusive focus on the role of the 'the studio' and looks at the circulations through which the studios' products - the photographs themselves - later pass as artefacts of material culture. Last, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between photography and ethnographic research methods, as these have been employed in Africa. Richard Vokes is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and author of Ghosts of Kanungu

    List at Figures
    Notes Contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Photography & the Ethnographic Encounter
    Double alienation: Evans-Pritchard's Zande & Nuer photographs in comparative perspective
    Photographing 'the Bridge': Product & process in the analysis of a social situation in non-modern Zululand
    Frontier photographs: Northern Kenya & the Paul Baxter collection
    Memories of a Blue Nile home: The photographic moment & multimedia linkage
    Picturing the Nation: Photography, Memory & Resistance
    Emptying the gallery: The archive's fuller circle
    'Ca bousculait!: Democratization & photography in Senegal
    'A once & future Eden': Gorongosa National Park & the making of Mozambique
    Political billboards as contact zones: Reflections on urban space, the visual & political affect in Kabila's Kinshasa
    The Social Life of Photographs
    On 'the ultimate patronage machine�: Photography & substantial relations in rural South-western Uganda
    'The terror of the feast�: Photography, textiles & memory in weddings along the East African Coast
    Ceremonies, sitting rooms & albums: How Okiek displayed photographs in the 1990s
    Index

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