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Heritage, Photography and the Affective Past

1st Edition

By Colin Sterling


304 pages

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Hardback: 9780367135577
pub: 2019-03-15
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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Critical Heritage and Photography

2. Memory

3. Site

4. Archive

5. Performance

6. Conclusion: Uncertain Frames

About the Author

Colin Sterling is currently Project Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, where he leads on finding new ways to engage diverse audiences with one of the largest and most significant architectural collections in the world. The collection is a vital resource for heritage practitioners and researchers, and includes over 1.5 million photographs of contemporary and historic architecture. Colin completed his PhD at University College London in 2015.

About the Series

UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Historical
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology