Photography and Migration
Written in the context of unprecedented dislocation and a global refugee crisis, this edited volume thinks through photography’s long and complex relationship to human migration.
While contemporary media images largely frame migration in terms of trauma, victimhood, and pity, so much more can be said of photography’s role in the movement of people around the world. Cameras can document, enable, or control human movement across geographical, cultural, and political divides. Their operators put faces on forced and voluntary migrations, making visible hardships and suffering as well as opportunity and optimism. Photographers include migrating subjects who take pictures for their own consumption, not for international recognition. And photographs themselves migrate with their makers, subjects, and viewers, as the very concept of photography takes on new functions and meanings.
Photography and Migration places into conversation media images and other photographs that the contributors have witnessed, collected, or created through their diverse national, regional, and local contexts. Developed across thirteen chapters, this conversation encompasses images, histories, and testimonies offering analysis of new perspectives on photography and migration today.
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About the Contributors
Photography and Migration: Keywords
Back to America: Photography and Japanese Americans from Incarceration to Resettlement
Residential School Photographs: The Visual Rhetoric of Indigenous Removal and Containment
Animating Death: Stills That Migrate
Anne Teresa Demo
The Razor’s Edge: Image and Corpo-reality at Europe’s Borders
Fantasy Islands: Photography, Empathy, and Australia’s Detention Archipelago
The Indecisive Moment: Photoethnography on the Undocumented Migration Trail
Jason De León
Refugee Photography and the Subject of Human Interest
Feelings, Facebook, Forced Migration: Photographs of Refugees and Affective Spaces Online
The Visual Politics of Climate Refugees
T. J. Demos
Photography and Diaspora: A Roundtable
Anthony W. Lee with Pok Chi Lau, Surendra Lawoti, and Wei Leng Tay
Intimacy Out of Doors: Landscape, Labor, and Chinese Diasporic Practices of Looking
Kan Azuma and the Japanese Canadian Diaspora: Perception, Identity, and Their Erosion
"This volume goes beyond the conventional frame of photography and migration to provide a unique perspective on the intersection of these issues. With important global and historical dimensions, the contributors understand photography as a performative practice rather than just a representational medium. The result is a collection that will become an indispensable reference on a permanent crisis."
David Campbell, World Press Photo Foundation
"This is not the moment for one author to tell us narratives of the worldwide phenomenon of migration. This is the moment of collaborative research and multiple approaches to understand the complexities of migration and its practices. This book is highly recommended for everyone interested in the most challenging human catastrophe of our time."
Bettina Gockel, University of Zurich