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Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography By David William Foster

Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography by David William Foster

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Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives by David William Foster

One of the important cultural responses to political and sociohistorical events in Latin America is a resurgence of urban photography, which typically blends high art and social documentary. But unlike other forms of cultural production in Latin America, photography has received relatively little sustained critical analysis. This pioneering book offers one of the first in-depth investigations of the complex and extensive history of gendered perspectives in Latin American photography through studies of works from Argentina, Mexico, and Guatemala.

David William Foster examines the work of photographers ranging from the internationally acclaimed artists Graciela Iturbide, Pedro Meyer, and Marcos Lopez to significant photographers whose work is largely unknown to English-speaking audiences. He grounds his essays in four interlocking areas of research: the experience of human life in urban environments, the feminist matrix and gendered cultural production, Jewish cultural production, and the ideological principles of cultural works and the connections between the works and the sociopolitical and historical contexts in which they were created. Foster reveals how gender-marked photography has contributed to the discourse surrounding the project of redemocratization in Argentina and Guatemala, as well as how it has illuminated human rights abuses in both countries. He also traces photography's contributions to the evolution away from the masculinist-dominated post-1910 Revolution ideology in Mexico. This research convincingly demonstrates that Latin American photography merits the high level of respect that is routinely accorded to more canonical forms of cultural production.

About David William Foster

David William Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, where he also leads the Brazilian Studies Program. He is the author of many books, including Queer Issues in Latin American Cinema and Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Dreaming in Feminine: Grete Stern's Photomontages and the Parody of Psychoanalysis

Chapter 2. Annemarie Heinrich: Photography, Women's Bodies, and Semiotic Excess

Chapter 3. Woman, Prostitution, and Modernity in Fin-de-siecle Mexico

Chapter 4. Buenos Aires and Women in Crisis: The Photography of Silvina Frydlewsky

Chapter 5. Girls Will Be Girls: Daniela Rossell's Ricas y famosas

Chapter 6. Pedro Meyer: Constructing Masculinities, Constructing Photography

Chapter 7. Discovering the Male Body: Marcos Zimmermann's Desnudos sudamericanos

Chapter 8. Queering Gender in Graciela Iturbide's Juchitan de las mujeres

Chapter 9. Guille and Belinda: A Protolesbian Arcadian Romance

Chapter 10. Homosocialism \\D Homoeroticism in the Photography of Marcos Lopez

Chapter 11. Performing Masculine Heterosexuality in Stefan Ruiz's Photography of Mexican Soap Operas

Chapter 12. Helen Zout's Desapariciones: Shooting Death

Chapter 13. Documentary Photography as Gender Testimony: Daniel Hernandez-Salazar's So That All Shall Know


Works Cited


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Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives by David William Foster
University of Texas Press
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