In 'Visualising the Other
' we discussed the relationship between early photography and colonialism, knowledge and power. Photography as a tool for objectification and photography as a tool for Orientalism. We looked at early attempts to represent the ‘other’ and how contemporary practioners have reclaimed their own identity.
Key words to think about:
The ‘Other’ - Objectification – Orientalism – Colonialism – Post-colonialism – Reclaiming identity – Power & Ideology.
Click on the image below to see the lecture slides:
This week's task - A dialogue with a stranger
Due to the timings of this module, the task that corresponds with this session was set last week. Please see last week’s post.
List of relevant Photographers/Artists discussed:
Paul Gaugin (1899) Two Tahitian Women
Edward Curtis (1903/4) The Vanishing Race
Irving Penn (1960s-1970s) Worlds in a Small Room
Al Jolson (Actor) (1886-1950)
Ingrid Pollard (1989) Seaside Series
(1992) Wandsworth Heritage
Dave Lewis (1995) Responses to the Haddon Photographic Collection
Yinka Shonibare (2010-12) Nelson’s Bottle
Kara Walker (2014) A Marvellous Sugar Baby
and some further reading...
(Ed) Behdad, A. & Gartan, L. (2013) Photography’s Orientalism. New essays on Colonial representation.
(Ed) Edwards, E. (1992) Anthropology and Photography 1860-1920.
Yale University Press.
(Ed) Hight, E. & Sampson, G. (2002) Colonialist Photography Imagining race and place
Franz, F. (1951) Black skin, white masks.
Editions de Seuil
Gilroy, P. (1991) There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The cultural politics of race and nation.
Pinney, C. (2011) Photography and Anthropology.
(Ed) Pinney, C. & Peterson, N. (2003) Photographers Other histories
. Duke University press.
Pollard, I. (2004) Post cards home
Said, E. (1976) Orientalism.
Art and Empire
In Visible light
(1998) Museum of modern Art Oxford
The impossible science of being
(1995) The photographers Gallery
Native Nations Journeys in American Photography
Further references and resources are on the end of the powerpoint slide presentation and will continue to be disseminated through @picbod and G+ community page.