Formerly a British colony, the island of Cyprus is now a divided country, where histories of political and cultural conflicts, as well as competing identities, are still contested. Cyprus provides the ideal case study for this innovative exploration, extensively illustrated, of how the practice of photography in relation to its political, cultural and economic contexts both contributes and responds to the formation of identity. Contributors from Cyprus, Greece, the UK and the USA, representing diverse disciplines, draw from photography theory, art history, anthropology and sociology to explore how the island and its people have been represented photographically. They reveal how the different gazes- colonial, political, gendered, and within art photography- contribute to the creation of individual and national identities and, by extension, to the creation and re-creation of imagery of Cyprus as place. While Photography and Cyprus focuses on one geographical and cultural territory, the questions this book asks and the themes and arguments it follows apply also to other places characterized by their colonial heritage. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as a fitting test-ground for current debates relating to photography, place and identity.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Liz Wells, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Nicos PhilippouThe Political Gaze: Memory, Politics & the Construction of National 2.Pride And Prejudice: Photography and Memory in Cyprus, Yiannis Toumazis3.“Imagining Cyprus”: Exhibitions of Cypriot Photography and their Reception in Greece, 1950-1980, Iro Katsaridou4.Developing identities: the history of the Turkish Cypriot photographic subject, Alev Adil5.Beyond Nostalgia, Stephanos StephanidesThe Colonial Gaze: Colonial Views, Postcolonial 6.John Thomson: Through Cyprus with a Camera, Between Beautifying and Bountiful Nature, Hercules Papaioannou7.The National Geographic and Half Oriental Cyprus, Nicos PhilippouThe Gendered Gaze: Framing Gender & Other 8.En-gendering Cypriots: from Colonial Images to Postcolonial Identities, Stavros Stavrou Karayanni 9.Tourists’ Photographic Conventions and the Rock of Aphrodite, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert10.The Photographic Pieta: A Model of Gender, Protest and Spatial - Temporal Dislocation in Modern Cyprus, Elizabeth Hoak-DoeringThe Art Gaze: Contemporary Art 11.Defying “Cypriotness” in the work of Haris Epaminonda and Christodoulos Panayiotou, Elena Stylianou12.Tracey Emin’s Photographs and Videos of Cyprus and Turkey, Jennifer Way13.Walking Narratives, Haris PellapaisiotisIndex
Liz Wells is a distinguished writer, researcher, teacher and curator in photography. Her publications include "Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity" (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and she is Editor of "The Photography Reader" (2003) and "Photography: A Critical Introduction" (2009, 4th ed.). She is a Co-editor for the photographies journal and since 2010 she has collaborated on several projects with Cypriot curators. She is Professor in Photographic Culture at the Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK. Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert is a photographer, visual sociologist and museologist. She is the Co-editor of "Re-envisioning Cyprus." She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of the 'Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab'. Nicos Philippou is a photographer, visual ethnographer and author of the books "Off the Map" and "Coffee House Embellishments." He is a Co-editor of "Re-envisioning Cyprus." He is currently lecturing at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.