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African photography from the Walther Collection : distance and desire : encounters with the African archive / edited by Tamar Garb ; with essays by Awam Amkpa [and 12 others]

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Amkpa, Awam 1959-  Search this
Garb, Tamar  Search this
Walther Collection  Search this
Walther Collection  Search this
Physical description:
352 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 33 cm
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Walther Collection, 2012-2013.
Reviewed by Leslie Wilson in African arts (Los Angeles) 48 (2) summer 2015, pages 94-95 (N1.A258 AFA).
AFA copy 39088017816976 Purchased from the Warren M. Robbins Library Endowment.
Foreword / Artur Walther -- Artur Walther and Tamar Garb: A conversation -- Encountering the African archive: The interwoven temporalities of Distance and desire / Tamar Garb -- Part 1: Poetics and politics. Looking at photographs: between contemplation, curiosity, and gaze / Elizabeth Edwards ; Colonialism's corpus: Kimberley and the case of the Cartes de Visite / Tamar Garb ; "Zulu mothers" and their children traveling around the world: from photograph to picture postcard / Christraud Geary ; Archiving memory / Cheryl Finley ; Barnard, Moore, Gribble, and the privacy of the archive / Erin Haney ; Changing without changing: The ethnography of A.M. Duggan-Cronin's Bantu Tribes of South Africa / Michael Godby ; "Being Zulu": A history in portraits / Hlonipha Mokoena ; Plates 1-136. -- Part 2 :Contemporary reconfigurations. From here...: Carrie Mae Weems / Deborah Willis and Carla Williams ; Then and now: Santu Mofokeng's Black Photo Album / Jennifer Bajorek ; Happy Survival!: Highlife, photography, and the postcolonial condition / Chika Okeke-Agula ; I'm not who you think I'm not / Gabi Ngobo ; Africa: Colonial photography and outlaws of history / Awam Amkpa ; Plates 137-215
"Distance and Desire is the first major publication to stage a dialogue between the ethnographic visions of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century African photography and engagements with the archive by contemporary artists. Presenting an extraordinary range of portraits, cartes de visite, postcards and album pages from Southern and Eastern Africa, as well as recent photography and video art, the catalogue includes original thematic essays by leading art historians, anthropologists and cultural critics. Distance and Desire offers a new perspective on the African archive, reimagining its diverse histories and changing meanings."--book jacket.
Portrait photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography  Search this
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