Picturing a Colonial Past The African Photographs of Isaac Schapera

ISBN-10: 0226114120

ISBN-13: 9780226114125

Edition: 2007

Authors: John L. Comaroff, Jean Comaroff, Deborah James, Deborah James

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This volume presents for the first time the selected photographs of the renowned British anthropologist Isaac Schapera (1905–2003). Taken between 1929 and 1934, largely during his earliest work among the Kgatla peoples of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), the 136 images in this selection reveal an emotional engagement and aesthetic impulse that Schapera seldom expressed in his writings. Covering a broad spectrum of daily activities, they include depictions of everything from pot making, thatching, and cattle herding to village architecture, vernacular medicine, and rainmaking ceremonies. Visually fascinating and of exceptional quality, these images capture the uniqueness of an African people in a particular time and place. They are contexualized and their significance explained in Jean and John Comaroff’s insightful introduction, while Adam Kuper’s illuminating biographical sketch of Schapera provides new insight into the life of the photographer.Picturing a Colonial Pastreveals not only a rare side of old Botswana, but also of one of the most famous anthropologist who worked there.
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List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jean and John L. Comaroff are Professors of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Fellows ofthe Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and Honorary Professors at the University of Cape Town. They are editors most recently of Law and Disorder in the Postcolony (University of Chicago Press 2006), and are currently working on a new book, Ethnicity, Inc.

Editorial Note
Isaac Schapera, Two Portraits of the Ethnographer
Letter from Chief Linchwe II of the Kgatla
Introduction: The Portraits of an Ethnographer as a Young Man
Isaac Schapera (1905-2003): His Life and Times
The Bakgatla Bagakgafela: Preliminary Report of Field Investigations, 1933
African Images: The Photographs of Isaac Schapera in Bechuanaland and Elsewhere, 1929-1940
Motse: The Architecture of Village Life
Mo gae: Domestic Scenes
Ditshwantsho: Portraits
Bana: Children, at Play and Work
Bogwera: Initiation Rites
Tiro: The Work of Production
Moroka: The Rainmaker
Kgotla: The Public Sphere
Banna ba ditshaba: Others
Notes to the Photographs
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