1st Edition

Photography in and out of Africa Iterations with Difference

Edited By Kylie Thomas, Louise Green Copyright 2016
    404 Pages
    by Routledge

    404 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a range of perspectives on photography in Africa, bringing research on South African photography into conversation with work from several other places on the continent, including Angola, the DRC, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. The collection engages with the history of photography and its role in colonial regulatory regimes; with social documentary photography and practices of self-representation; and with the place of portraits in the production of subjectivities, as well as contemporary and experimental photographic practices. Through detailed analyses of particular photographs and photographic archives, the chapters in this book trace how photographs have been used both to affirm colonial worldviews and to disrupt and critique such forms of power. This book was originally published as a special issue of Social Dynamics.

    Part I

    1. Introduction – Stereoscopic visions: reading colonial and contemporary African photography Kylie Thomas and Louise Green

    2. Photographs from the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum, South Africa, 1890–1907 Rory du Plessis

    3. Of bodies captured: the visual representation of the Paarl march and Poqo in apartheid South Africa Bianca van Laun

    4. Post-abolition Angola in a post-colonial mission archive: a preliminary contextualisation of a photograph from the Spiritans’ mission in Malange, northern Angola, 1904 Mădălina Florescu

    5. Forward, Ever Forward: a reading of Robert Harris, Photographic Album of South African Scenery, Port Elizabeth, c.1880–1886 Michael Godby

    6. From salons to the native reserve: reformulating the ‘‘native question’’ through pictorial photography in 1950s South Africa Phindezwa Mnyaka

    7. Mining photographs: David Goldblatt’s On the Mines Sally Gaule

    8. One hundred years of suffering? ‘‘Humanitarian crisis photography’’ and self-representation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Aubrey Graham

    9. Social documentary and personal investigations in contemporary South African photography: Tracey Derrick’s ‘‘One in Nine’’ series Meghan Kirkwood

    10. Re-covered: Wangechi Mutu, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and the postcolonial potentiality of black women in colonial(ist) photographs Kanitra Fletcher

    11. An interview with George Hallett John Edwin Mason

    12. ‘‘I never didn’t take a picture’’: on photojournalism and conflict – an interview with Greg Marinovich Paul Weinberg and Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk

    Part II

    13. Introduction - A density of texture: reading photography from South, North and West Africa Louise Green and Kylie Thomas

    14. Fractured compounds: photographing post-apartheid compounds and hostels Svea Josephy

    15. Photographic portraits of migrants in South Africa: framed between identity photographs and (self-)presentation Marietta Kesting

    16. Remembrance: the Essop brothers, formative realism and contemporary African photography Raél Jero Salley

    17. The politics of portrait photographs in southern Nigerian newspapers, 1945–1954 Rouven Kunstmann

    18. A lightness of vision: the poetics of Relation in Malian art photography Allison Moore

    19. In search of African history: the re-appropriation of photographic archives by contemporary visual artists Erika Nimis

    20. From myth to history: Ethiopia and Eritrea’s transformations in four photographic works Marian Nur Goni

    21. The aesthetic and practical fields of excrementality of L’boulevard festival Moulay Driss El Maarouf

    22. The aftermath of oppression: in search of resolution through family photographs of the forcibly removed of District Six, Cape Town Siona O’Connell


    Kylie Thomas is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa. She writes about photography, violence, and South Africa during and after apartheid. She has held research fellowships at Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape, and has taught in the Department of Fine Art at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality After Apartheid (2013).

    Louise Green is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. Her research draws on the critical insights of Theodor Adorno to investigate the place of nature in contemporary global culture. She works in the area of critical theory and visual studies, tracing the elusive, mobile and diverse formations of value in late capitalist society.