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Title:Portraiture and photography in Africa
Editors:Peffer, JohnISNI
Cameron, Elisabeth LynnISNI
Series:African expressive cultures
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:9780253008602; 0253008727; 9780253008725; 1299652239; 9781299652231
Geographic term:Africa
art history
Abstract:This collective volume examines the cultural and historical roles of photography in Africa. The authors look at early photographs, important photographers' studios, the uses of portraiture in the 19th century, and the current passion for portraits in Africa. They review a variety of topics, including what defines a common culture of photography, the social and political implications of changing technologies for portraiture, and the lasting effects of culture on the idea of the person depicted in the photographic image. Contents: Introduction: The study of photographic portraiture in Africa (John Peffer). Part 1. Exchange: 1. Portrait photography: a visual currency in the Atlantic visualscape (Jrg Schneider); 2. Lutterodt family studios and the changing face of early portrait photographs from the Gold Coast (Erin Haney); 3. Yoruba studio photographers in Francophone West Africa (rika Nimis); 4. The fieldworker and the portrait: the social relations of photography (Elisabeth L. Cameron). Part 2. Social lives: 5. 'A photograph steals the soul': the history of an idea (Z. S. Strother); 6. The past in the present: photographic portraiture and the evocation of multiple histories in the Bamum Kingdom of Cameroon (Christraud M. Geary); 7. Mombasa on display: photography and the formation of an urban public, from the 1940s onward (Isolde Brielmaier); 8. Portrait photography in a postcolonial age: how beauty tells the truth (Liam Buckley). Part 3. Traditions. 9. Likeness or not: musings on portraiture in canonical African art and its implications for African portrait photography (Jean Borgatti);10. k-graphy:?'w?' portraits (Rowland Ab?'dn); 11. Visual griots: identity, aesthetics, and the social roles of portrait photographers in Mali (Candace M. Keller); 12. The intermediality of portraiture in northern Cte d'Ivoire (Till Frster). [ASC Leiden abstract]