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Photography and Migration

Edited by Tanya Sheehan

Routledge

240 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

About the Contributors

Chapter 1

Photography and Migration: Keywords

Tanya Sheehan

(Im)mobility

Chapter 2

Back to America: Photography and Japanese Americans from Incarceration to Resettlement

Jasmine Alinder

Chapter 3

Residential School Photographs: The Visual Rhetoric of Indigenous Removal and Containment

Carol Williams

Chapter 4

Animating Death: Stills That Migrate

Anne Teresa Demo

Border

Chapter 5

The Razor’s Edge: Image and Corpo-reality at Europe’s Borders

Parvati Nair

Chapter 6

Fantasy Islands: Photography, Empathy, and Australia’s Detention Archipelago

Jane Lydon

Chapter 7

The Indecisive Moment: Photoethnography on the Undocumented Migration Trail

Jason De León

Refugee

Chapter 8

Refugee Photography and the Subject of Human Interest

Thy Phu

Chapter 9

Feelings, Facebook, Forced Migration: Photographs of Refugees and Affective Spaces Online

Marta Zarzycka

Chapter 10

The Visual Politics of Climate Refugees

T. J. Demos

Diaspora

Chapter 11

Photography and Diaspora: A Roundtable

Anthony W. Lee with Pok Chi Lau, Surendra Lawoti, and Wei Leng Tay

Chapter 12

Intimacy Out of Doors: Landscape, Labor, and Chinese Diasporic Practices of Looking

Nadine Attewell

Chapter 13

Kan Azuma and the Japanese Canadian Diaspora: Perception, Identity, and Their Erosion

Martha Langford

About the Editor

Tanya Sheehan is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Associate Professor of Art at Colby College, USA, where she founded the Photography and Migration Project in 2014. She has authored two books, Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011) and Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor (2018). She has also edited several collections of essays, including Photography, History, Difference (2014), Photography and Its Origins (2015, with Andres Zervigon), and Grove Art Guide to Photography (2017). Since 2015, Tanya Sheehan has served as editor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Journal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies