Raw Histories

Raw Histories
Title Raw Histories PDF eBook
Author Elizabeth Edwards
Publisher Routledge
Total Pages 207
Release 2021-01-07
Genre Social Science
ISBN 1000181294

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Photographs have had an integral and complex role in many anthropological contexts, from fieldwork to museum exhibitions. This book explores how approaching anthropological photographs as 'history' can offer both theoretical and empirical insights into these roles. Photographs are thought to make problematic history because of their ambiguity and 'rawness'. In short, they have too many meanings. The author refutes this prejudice by exploring, through a series of case studies, precisely the potential of this raw quality to open up new perspectives. Taking the nature of photography as her starting point, the author argues that photographs are not merely pictures of things but are part of a dynamic and fluid historical dialogue, which is active not only in the creation of the photograph but in its subsequent social biography in archive and museum spaces, past and present. In this context, the book challenges any uniform view of anthropological photography and its resulting archives. Drawing on a variety of examples, largely from the Pacific, the book demonstrates how close readings of photographs reveal not only western agendas, but also many layers of differing historical and cross-cultural experiences. That is, photographs can 'spring leaks' to show an alternative viewpoint. These themes are developed further by examining the dynamics of photographs and issues around them as used by contemporary artists and curators and presented to an increasingly varied public. This book convincingly demonstrates photographs' potential to articulate histories other than those of their immediate appearances, a potential that can no longer be neglected by scholars and institutions.

Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum

Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum
Title Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum PDF eBook
Author Kathleen Davidson
Publisher Routledge
Total Pages 350
Release 2017-12-02
Genre Photography
ISBN 1351106872

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The Victorian era heralded an age of transformation in which momentous changes in the field of natural history coincided with the rise of new visual technologies. Concurrently, different parts of the British Empire began to more actively claim their right to being acknowledged as indispensable contributors to knowledge and the progress of empire. This book addresses the complex relationship between natural history and photography from the 1850s to the 1880s in Britain and its colonies: Australia, New Zealand and, to a lesser extent, India. Coinciding with the rise of the modern museum, photography’s arrival was timely, and it rapidly became an essential technology for recording and publicising rare objects and valuable collections. Also during this period, the medium assumed a more significant role in the professional practices and reputations of naturalists than has been previously recognized, and it figured increasingly within the expanding specialized networks that were central to the production and dissemination of new knowledge. In an interrogation that ranges from the first forays into museum photography and early attempts to document collecting expeditions to the importance of traditional and photographic portraiture for the recognition of scientific discoveries, this book not only recasts the parameters of what we actually identify as natural history photography in the Victorian era but also how we understand the very structure of empire in relation to this genre at that time.

The Natural History of the Raw Materials of Commerce

The Natural History of the Raw Materials of Commerce
Title The Natural History of the Raw Materials of Commerce PDF eBook
Author John Yeats
Publisher London G. Philip 1887.
Total Pages 542
Release 1887
Genre Commerce
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History of .. Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's “Suffolk Gentleman's Pocket Book” from 1814 to 1824.]

History of .. Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's “Suffolk Gentleman's Pocket Book” from 1814 to 1824.]
Title History of .. Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's “Suffolk Gentleman's Pocket Book” from 1814 to 1824.] PDF eBook
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Total Pages 186
Release 1814
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History of ... Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Pocket Book for 1830.]

History of ... Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Pocket Book for 1830.]
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History of Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Ladies's Fashionable Repository for 1825.]

History of Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Ladies's Fashionable Repository for 1825.]
Title History of Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Ladies's Fashionable Repository for 1825.] PDF eBook
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Total Pages 16
Release 1825
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History of ... Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Pocket Book, 1835.]

History of ... Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Pocket Book, 1835.]
Title History of ... Suffolk. [Collections extracted from J. Raw's Pocket Book, 1835.] PDF eBook
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Total Pages 12
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