Anthropology and Photography, 1860-1920

Anthropology and Photography, 1860-1920

by Elizabeth Edwards
     
 

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Since its beginnings, photography has been a valuable resource for anthropologists in the recording of ethnographic data. This book, published in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) London, looks at the significance and relevance of still photography in British anthropology from about 1860 until 1920. It examines how photography provides… See more details below

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Since its beginnings, photography has been a valuable resource for anthropologists in the recording of ethnographic data. This book, published in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) London, looks at the significance and relevance of still photography in British anthropology from about 1860 until 1920. It examines how photography provides evidence of the past and how this evidence is used in conjunction with more traditional forms of anthropological information. And it considers the reflexive and critical nature of the photographic way of seeing within anthropology. The book opens with five substantial essays on the nature of photography, visual perception, theoretical and historical approaches to anthropological photography, and the photograph as a document. These are followed by twenty shorter essays by leading anthropologists and historians with special interest in visual representation. The essays examine the content and historical contexts of a range of 157 remarkable photographs, drawn mainly from RAI collections, many reproduced for the first time. The book as a whole establishes the intellectual and anthropological frameworks for the analysis of specific photographs and articulates a body of ideas about photography and the way in which it was perceived in anthropology. The volume encompasses many ways of thinking from the theoretical to the ethnographic and from the historical to the 'post-modern'. This pluralist approach stresses the complex nature of the photographic message and its interpretation within anthropology in a way that is as relevant to modern material as it is to the historical.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
These 25 erudite essays by a host of professionals attempt to decipher the co-emergent histories of two relatively new disciplines: anthropology and photography. This is no simple task. The book, which was produced in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, may appear to be coffee-table material, but it is in fact dense, analytical, and yet highly philosophical. It raises many more questions than it can possibly answer about the use of photography in anthropology. Nevertheless, this extremely valuable study fosters a clearer perspective on the subject than other texts. Unlike a textbook, which dices major issues into apparently simple forms, the thinking here is synthetic and realistically bewildering. Highly useful for students in a variety of fields, including library science and museum studies.-- Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio

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ISBN-13:
9780300059441
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.92(d)

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