Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums by Elizabeth Edwards
Photographs have been the most significant medium for recording and displaying information collected by anthropologists and ethnologists since the 19th century and, as such, have an important place in museum collections and archives. This theoretical yet highly readable study explores the theatricality of photographs and assesses their validity as records of history. Subjects include the processes of collecting an archive, the potential role of photographs in museums, the relationship between photographs and objects and the nature of specific anthropological photographic archives and projects. These include Thomas Henry Huxley's 19th-century plan to photograph every race, colonial photographs from Samoa and the Cambridge Torres Strait Expedition of 1898.