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.
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.