1st Edition

Colonialist Photography Imag(in)ing Race and Place

Edited By Eleanor M. Hight, Gary D. Sampson Copyright 2002
    352 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    Colonialist Photography is an absorbing collection of essays and photographs exploring the relationship between photography and European and American colonialism. The book is packed with well over a hundred captivating images, ranging from the first experiments with photography as a documentary medium up to the decolonization of many regions after World War II.

    Reinforcing a broad range of Western assumptions and prejudices, Eleanor M. Hight and Gary D. Sampson argue that such images often assisted in the construction of a colonial culture.

    1 Introduction: Photography, “race”, and post-colonial theory 2 Laying ghosts to rest 3 Rewriting the Nubian figure in the photograph: Maxime Du Camp’s “cultural hypochondria” 4 “A pure labor of love”: A publishing history of The People of India 5 Unmasking the colonial picturesque: Samuel Bourne’s photographs of Barrackpore Park 6 Picturing alterity: Representational strategies in Victorian type photographs of Ottoman men 7 The many lives of Beato’s “beauties” 8 Colonial collecting: French women and Algerian cartes postales 9 Photography and the emergence of the Pacific cruise: Rethinking the representational crisis in colonial photography 10 Advertising paradise: Hawai‘i in art, anthropology, and commercial photography 11 Capturing race: Anthropology and photography in German and Austrian prisoner-of-war camps during World War I 12 Germaine Krull and L’Amitié noire: World War II and French colonialist film 13 “A better place to live”: Government agency photography and the transformations of the Puerto Rican Jíbaro


    Gary D. Sampson is Associate Professor of art history at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio. His recent publications include chapters on the photography of Samuel Bourne and Lala Deen Dayal in India Through the Lens.

    Eleanor M. Hight is Associate Professor of art history at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She is the author of Picturing Modernism: Moholy-Nagy and Photography in Weimar Germany and Jackson Pollock: A Study in Reception.