Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia

Edited by Susie Protschky

Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia

Edited by Susie Protschky

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

245 pages | 11 color plates, 29 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089646620 Published June 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The essays in this volume examine, from a historical perspective, how contested notions of modernity, civilization, and being governed were envisioned through photography in early twentieth-century Indonesia, a period when the Dutch colonial regime was implementing a liberal reform program known as the Ethical Policy. The contributors reveal how the camera evoked diverse, often contradictory modes of envisioning an ethically governed colony, one in which the very concepts of modernity and civilization were subject to dispute.


Part I - Governing Lenses on Ethical Policy and Practice

1  Camera Ethica

Photography, modernity and the governed in late-colonial Indonesia

            Susie Protschky

2  Ethical policies in moving pictures

The films of J.C. Lamster

            Jean Gelman Taylor

3  Ethical projects, ethnographic orders and colonial notions of modernity in Dutch Borneo

G.L. Tichelman’s Queen’s Birthday photographs from the late 1920s

            Susie Protschky

4  Saving the children?

The Ethical Policy and photographs of colonial atrocity during the Aceh War

            Paul Bijl

Part II - Local Lenses on Living in an “Ethical” Indies

5  Interracial unions and the Ethical Policy

The representation of the everyday in Indo-European family photo albums

            Pamela Pattynama

6  Reversing the lens

Kartini’s image of a modernised Java

            Joost Coté

7  Modelling modernity

Ethnic Chinese photography in the ethical era

            Karen Strassler

8  Modernity and middle classes in the Netherlands Indies

Cultivating cultural citizenship

            Henk Schulte Nordholt

9  Say “cheese”

Images of captivity in Boven Digoel (1927-43)

            Rudolf Mrázek

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