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Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948-1953
     

Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948-1953

by Hector Acebes, Ed Marquand, Isolde Brielmaier
 
Ninety-some extraordinary images created by photographer Acebes (now in his eighties and living in Colombia) are richly reproduced in duotone—full-page, in an oversize format, 10x13". Published in conjunction with an exhibition opening in Atlanta in 2004 (and scheduled to travel for two years), the volume includes an essay by Isolde Brielmaier (Vassar College),

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Ninety-some extraordinary images created by photographer Acebes (now in his eighties and living in Colombia) are richly reproduced in duotone—full-page, in an oversize format, 10x13". Published in conjunction with an exhibition opening in Atlanta in 2004 (and scheduled to travel for two years), the volume includes an essay by Isolde Brielmaier (Vassar College), who sets his work in the context of other photographers shooting in Africa at the time, and a biographical essay by Ed Marquand, who directs the Hector Acebes Archive. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
Perpetuating the view of Africa as raw, primitive, and stuck in time, this rehashing of colonial images provides no new perspective, discovery, or depth. Why this collection of photographs from 1948 to 1953 is being released in 2004 remains unclear. Even the brilliance of the photography and the success of the reproductions does not ameliorate the volume's blind exotic fest. Perhaps the only purpose it serves is to announce the existence of an archive dedicated to Hector Acebes, an American-born photographer of Spanish and Colombian heritage best known for these African images. But this work gets to press over half a century late, and though Brielmaier (curator and visiting professor of art at Vassar Coll.) and Marquand (director, Hector Acebes Archive, Seattle) tout Acebes's humane portrayal of the natives, the result is a reinforcement of the colonial biases Acebes allegedly tries to avoid. This volume is not worth any library's scarce funds, though affluent African studies collections may acquire a copy to demonstrate the unending insistence on presenting Africa in purely exotic terms.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781919938189
Publisher:
Jonathan Ball Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.65(w) x 11.81(h) x (d)

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