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Adjusting the Lens

Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage

A study of transnational Indigenous activism and colonial photography.

Apparently neutral windows into the past, colonial photographs lie at the center of Indigenous art activism across the globe. Through a series of moving case studies, Adjusting the Lens explores how Indigenous artists in Australia, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, and the United States today confront and redevelop this archive as they strive to empower and revitalize their communities and decolonize the historical record.

322 pages | 67 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Art: Photography

Native American Studies


"Perfectly timed and enormously significant, Adjusting the Lens illuminates the ways Indigenous art activists use photographs to challenge, realign, and renegotiate past histories....What makes this volume so critically important is that it brings to light practices that rewrite long-held myths of how colonialism utilized photography as evidence, making it the singular historical record."


Adjusting the Lens is a cutting-edge and timely study of Indigenous photography, and is a pleasure to read from beginning to end. Everyone interested in the use and circulation of Indigenous images along with contemporary engagements with photographic collections by descendant communities will find this groundbreaking and powerful collection incredibly useful.”

Amy Lonetree, associate professor of history, University of California, Santa Cruz

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