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Title:Spatial stories: photographic practices and urban belonging
Author:Magee, CarolISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:54
Issue:2
Pages:109-129
Language:English
Geographic terms:Mali
South Africa
Subjects:photography
urban environment
About persons:Alioune Bā (1959-)ISNI
Zwelethu Mthethwa (1960-)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v054/54.2magee.pdf
Abstract:Photographs can reflect the excitement, calm, vitality, decay, alienation, and intimacy of urban environments, yet they not only record the city, they create it. To demonstrate this point, the author analyses photographs by Alioune Bā, a Malian, and Zwelethu Mthethwa, a South African. These images, though void of human beings, address the urban realities of movement, migration, and labour. The author frames this analysis with the spatial theorizing of Michel de Certeau, who posited that individuals' everyday practices (such as photographing) are significant for understanding the invention of spaces (such as cities and the meanings they embody). Ultimately, she argues, the city as the content of these photographs intersects with the city as a context for them, creating a sense of place and engendering a discourse of belonging. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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