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Raw Histories By Elizabeth Edwards

Raw Histories by Elizabeth Edwards

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Photographs have had an integral and complex role in many anthropological contexts, from fieldwork to museum exhibitions. This book examines how approaching anthropological photographs as "history" can offer both theoretical and empirical insights into these roles.

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Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums by Elizabeth Edwards

Photographs have had an integral and complex role in many anthropological contexts, from fieldwork to museum exhibitions. This book explores how approaching anthropological photographs as 'history' can offer both theoretical and empirical insights into these roles. Photographs are thought to make problematic history because of their ambiguity and 'rawness'. In short, they have too many meanings. The author refutes this prejudice by exploring, through a series of case studies, precisely the potential of this raw quality to open up new perspectives. Taking the nature of photography as her starting point, the author argues that photographs are not merely pictures of things but are part of a dynamic and fluid historical dialogue, which is active not only in the creation of the photograph but in its subsequent social biography in archive and museum spaces, past and present. In this context, the book challenges any uniform view of anthropological photography and its resulting archives. Drawing on a variety of examples, largely from the Pacific, the book demonstrates how close readings of photographs reveal not only western agendas, but also many layers of differing historical and cross-cultural experiences. That is, photographs can 'spring leaks' to show an alternative viewpoint. These themes are developed further by examining the dynamics of photographs and issues around them as used by contemporary artists and curators and presented to an increasingly varied public. This book convincingly demonstrates photographs' potential to articulate histories other than those of their immediate appearances, a potential that can no longer be neglected by scholars and institutions.

Raw Histories Reviews

'I would like to recommend [the book] not only to anthropologists but to anyone with an interest in historical photographs and their representation.'Source'A sensitive and provocative book.'Choice'Edwards is clearly an expert in her field, with a wide theoretical and practical grasp of the role of photographic archives in museum collections. The bibliography is excellent, and the text is always well-written and closely argued Very useful and thought-provoking.'The Art Book'Raw Histories deserves wide readership for many reasons. While there are parts that are challenging due to the density and complexity of the ideas, this book should become essential reading for scholars and students in a variety of visual disciplines and heritage institutions this book is in itself 'raw history' at its best. [The book] stimulates such questions, and thus exposes not only the rawness and complexity of photography as a form, but the agency of us all in framing, containing and releasi

About Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards is Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of the Arts London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Observations from the Coal-Face Part I: Notes from the Archive 2 Exchanging Photographs, Making Archives 3 Photographing Objects Part II: Historical Inscriptions 4 Visualising History: Diamond Jenness's Photographs of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Massim, 1912, 5 Time and Space on the Quarter Deck: Two Samoan Photographs by Captain W. Acland 6 Professor Huxley's 'Well-considered Plan' 7 Re-enactment, Salvage Ethnography and Photography in the Torres Strait Part III: Reworkings 8 Rethinking Photography in the Ethnographic Museum 9 ]orma Puranen -Imaginary Homecoming-A Study in Re-engagement

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NPB9781859734971
9781859734971
1859734979
Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums by Elizabeth Edwards
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2001-05-01
284
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