Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948-1953

Hector Acebes: Portraits in Africa, 1948-1953

by Hector Acebes, Ed Marquand, Isolde Brielmaier
     
 

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"It is Hector Acebes's still photographs from his travels in the late 1940s and early 1950s throughout Africa and South American that may become his most important legacy. With the respect they command for the individuals who appeared before his lens, these recently rediscovered images attest to Acebes's photographic gift. They offer a valuable resource for scholars…  See more details below

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"It is Hector Acebes's still photographs from his travels in the late 1940s and early 1950s throughout Africa and South American that may become his most important legacy. With the respect they command for the individuals who appeared before his lens, these recently rediscovered images attest to Acebes's photographic gift. They offer a valuable resource for scholars and students of local societies and cultures in Africa and South America." This book presents the work of Hector Acebes for the first time in monograph form. Over ninety images are reproduced in duotones. Ed Marquand, director of the Hector Acebes Archive, introduces Acebes in a brief biography. Isolde Brielmaier, a noted art historian of African photography, places Acebes's African work in the context of other photographers working in Africa at the time. She also discusses the qualities of his work that distinguish his photographs today.

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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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