Contesting Visibility: Photographic Practices on the East African Coast

Contesting Visibility: Photographic Practices on the East African Coast

by Heike Behrend

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837624564
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Heike Behrend worked as a Professor of Social Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research interests are new media (photography and video), religion, and violence. She is retired now and lives in Berlin.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

Preface / Acknowledgement 9

Chapter 1 Introduction 11

Chapter 2 Providing the Context: The East African Coast 27

Chapter 3 Polemic Encounters: Photography as Medium and Object of Ethnographic Research 47

Chapter 4 Textiles and Images: Photography as Unveiling 65

Chapter 5 Creating Spectacles: Studio Photographers of the Indian Diaspora 87

Chapter 6 Ambulant Photographers 121

Chapter 7 The Bakor Studio and the "Aesthetics of Withdrawal" 147

Chapter 8 Weddings, Photography, and the Aura of Modernity 173

Chapter 9 Withdrawal of Life: Photography and Death 199

Chapter 10 Iconoclastic Spirits 219

Chapter 11 "Killer Panics" and Digital Photography 241

Bibliography 249

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