Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures

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Photography came to Latin America early in its technological development and has proven an essential tool for documenting the region's physical spaces and encounters among varied cultures. Numerous Europeans experimented with the new medium as they traveled throughout Latin America. This is the first book to document the extensive collaboration between writers and photographers in Latin America from the Mexican Revolution through the twentieth century.

Divided into four parts, the first section includes essays that review the varied roles of photography in the context of Latin American violence. Section two discusses how collaborative projects have redefined conceptions of urban space in Latin America, including the urban explosion in Mexico City. Section three explores the integration of photographic images in novels, essays, and various forms of prose. Section four offers exclusive interviews with participants in collaborative works including photographers Sara Facio and Sebastiao Salgado, as well as cultural critics Nelly Richard and Elena Poniatowska.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826338082
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcy E. Schwartz is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Schwartz is also the author of Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction and co-editor of Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature.

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello is chair and associate professor of Hispanic studies, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. Tierney-Tello is also the author of Allegories of Transgression and Transformation: Experimental Fiction by Women Writing Under Dictatorship.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Representing the Mexican revolution : bending photographs to the will of Historia Grafica 21
Ch. 2 Idols Behind Altars : art, authorship, and authority in the Mexican cultural renaissance 41
Ch. 3 Narrative imag(in)ing : Susan Meiselas documents the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua 59
Ch. 4 On making images speak : writing and photography in three texts from Chile 87
Ch. 5 Writing against the city : Julio Cortazar's photographic take on India 117
Ch. 6 Recycled photographs : moving still images of Mexico city, 1950-2000 139
Ch. 7 Ekphrasis and the contest of representations in Tomas Eloy Martinez's La novela de Peron 173
Ch. 8 Hidden camera : the photographic theatre of Edgardo Rodriguez Julia 193
Ch. 9 "Things were different then" : photographic and narrative construction of loss in Eduardo Belgrano Rawson's Fuegia 209
Ch. 10 From Brazil, abroad, and black again : politics, place, and pictures - an interview with Sebastiao Salgado 231
Ch. 11 Literature and photography : parallel crafts - an interview with Elena Poniatowska 243
Ch. 12 Among friends : portraits of writers - an interview with Sara Facio 251
Ch. 13 La Escena de Avanzada : photography and writing in postcoup Chile - a conversation with Nelly Richard 259
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