Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia

Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia

by Rosalind C Morris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822342057

ISBN-13: 9780822342052

Pub. Date: 03/23/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Introducing Photographies East, Rosalind C. Morris notes that although the camera is now a taken-for-granted element of everyday life in most parts of the world, it is difficult to appreciate “the shock and sense of utter improbability that accompanied the new technology” as it was introduced in Asia (and elsewhere). In this collection,

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Introducing Photographies East, Rosalind C. Morris notes that although the camera is now a taken-for-granted element of everyday life in most parts of the world, it is difficult to appreciate “the shock and sense of utter improbability that accompanied the new technology” as it was introduced in Asia (and elsewhere). In this collection, scholars of Asia, most of whom are anthropologists, describe frequent attribution of spectral powers to the camera, first brought to Asia by colonialists, as they examine the transformations precipitated or accelerated by the spread of photography across East and Southeast Asia. In essays resonating across theoretical, historical, and geopolitical lines, they engage with photography in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, and on the islands of Aru, Aceh, and Java in what is now Indonesia.

The contributors analyze how in specific cultural and historical contexts, the camera has affected experiences of time and subjectivity, practices of ritual and tradition, and understandings of death. They highlight the links between photography and power, looking at how the camera has figured in the operations of colonialism, the development of nationalism, the transformation of monarchy, and the militarization of violence. Moving beyond a consideration of historical function or effect, the contributors also explore the forms of illumination and revelation for which the camera has offered itself as instrument and symbol. And they trace the emergent forms of alienation and spectralization, as well as the new kinds of fetishism, that photography has brought in its wake. Taken together, the essays chart a bravely interdisciplinary path to visual studies, one that places the particular knowledge of a historicized anthropology in a comparative frame and in conversation with aesthetics and art history.

Contributors. James L. Hevia, Marilyn Ivy, Thomas LaMarre, Rosalind C. Morris, Nickola Pazderic, John Pemberton, Carlos Rojas, James T. Siegel, Patricia Spyer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822342052
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/23/2009
Series:
Objects/Histories
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia / Rosalind C. Morris 1

The Ghost in the Machine / John Pemberton 29

The Curse of the Photograph: Atjeh 1901 / James T. Siegel 57

The Photography Complex: Exposing Boxer-Era China (1900-1901), Making Civilization / James L. Hevia 79

Photography and the Power of Images in the History of Power: Notes from Thailand / Rosalind C. Morris 121

In and Out of the Picture: Photography, Ritual, and Modernity in Aru, Indonesia / Patricia Spyer 161

Mysterious Photographs / Nickola Pazderic 183

Abandoned Cities Seen Anew: Reflections on Spatial Specificity and Temporal Transience / Carlos Rojas 207

Dark Enlightenment: Naitō Masatoshi's Flash / Marilyn Ivy 229

Cine-Photography as Racial Technology: Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's Close-up on the New/Oriental Woman's Face / Thomas LaMarre 259

Bibliography 291

Contributors 305

Index 307

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