Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums

Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums

by Elizabeth Edwards


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859734971
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Series: Materializing Culture Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Edwards is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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