Photography, Memory and the Affective Past critically examines the production, consumption and interpretation of photography across various heritage domains, from the global image archives of UNESCO, to the domestic arena of the family album. Through original ethnographic and archival research, the book sheds new light on the role photography has played in the emergence, expansion and articulation of heritage in diverse sociocultural contexts.
Drawing on wide-ranging experience across the heritage sector and two core case studies, the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the role photography has played and continues to play in shaping experiences and conceptualisations of heritage. One of the core aims of the book is to problematise and potentially redirect the varied usages of photography within current practice, usages which remain woefully undertheorised, despite their often-central role in shaping heritage. Ultimately, by focusing attention on a hitherto underexamined aspect of the heritage phenomenon, namely its manifold interconnections with photography, this book provides fresh insight as to the making and remaking of the past in the present, and the alternative heritages that might come into being around emergent photographic forms and approaches.
Photography, Memory and the Affective Past uses photography as a method of enquiry, as well as a tool of documentation and, as such, will be of interest to scholars and students of heritage, photography, anthropology, museology, public archaeology and tourism. The book will also be a valuable resource for heritage practitioners working around the globe.
1. Introduction: Critical Heritage and Photography
6. Conclusion: Uncertain Frames