Photography, History, Difference

Edited by Tanya Sheehan

Photography, History, Difference

Edited by Tanya Sheehan

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

286 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781611686470 Published December 2014
Over the past decade, historical studies of photography have embraced a variety of cultural and disciplinary approaches to the medium, while shedding light on non-Western, vernacular, and “other” photographic practices outside the Euro-American canon. Photography, History, Difference brings together an international group of scholars to reflect on contemporary efforts to take a different approach to photography and its histories. What are the benefits and challenges of writing a consolidated, global history of photography? How do they compare with those of producing more circumscribed regional or thematic histories? In what ways does the recent emphasis on geographic and national specificity encourage or exclude attention to other forms of difference, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality? Do studies of “other” photographies ultimately necessitate the adoption of nontraditional methodologies, or are there contexts in which such differentiation can be intellectually unproductive and politically suspect? The contributors to the volume explore these and other questions through historical case studies; interpretive surveys of recent historiography, criticism, and museum practices; and creative proposals to rethink the connections between photography, history, and difference. A thought-provoking collection of essays that represents new ways of thinking about photography and its histories. It will appeal to a broad readership among those interested in art history, visual culture, media studies, and social history.
Contents
Acknowledgments • Introduction: Questions of Difference—Tanya Sheehan • A “Geographic Fact”: Photography, History, and Ireland—Justin Carville • Richard Harrington’s Guide: Universality and Locality in a Canadian Photographic Document—Martha Langford • Royal Photographs in Qajar Iran: Writing the History of Photography between Persian Miniature Painting and Western Technology—Mirjam Brusius • Toward an Itinerant History of Photography: The Case of Lalla Essaydi—Andrés Mario Zervigón • “Last Seen Alone on the Prairie”: Migration, Photography, and the Invisibility of Women—Sigrid Lien • “Picture Taking and Picture Making”: Gender Difference and the Historiography of Photography—Harriet Riches • Beyond the “Savage Slot”: Ethnography and the National Identity Photograph—Karen Strassler • Agency and Authorship in Australian Photo Histories—Catherine De Lorenzo • Other People’s (Hi)stories: Bringing Public-Generated Photography into the Contemporary Art Museum—Areti Galani and Alexandra Moschovi • Intimate Conflicts: Foregrounding the Radical Politics of Family Photographs—Gil Pasternak • Selected Bibliography • Index • About the Contributors
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