This book studies the relationship between photography and history in colonial Southern Africa
using a series of encounters with Southern African photographic archives to reflect on a series of encounters with Southern African photographic archives to reflect on as a distinct historical formThrough use of private and public archives images produced by African itinerant photographers white settlers and colonial state institutions this book explores the relationship between photography and history in colonial Southern Africa Late nineteenth century Cape Colonial prison albums. ,
Police from German Southwest Africa African studio portraits identity documents travel permits and passports from the 1920s and 1930s visual studies of whiteness and blackness authored by settler photographers South African dompas photographs from the 1950s and 1960s and aerial photography from the Eastern Cape the mid twentieth century are examined to highlight the ways in which photographic images cut across conventional boundaries and complicate rigid distinctions between the. ,
SUMMARY Photography and History in Colonial Southern Africa,
Private and the public the *Political And The Aesthetic The *and the aesthetic the and the vernacular or the subject and the object Photography and History in Colonial Southern Africa argues that rather than understanding photographs as a means of preserving and recreating the past in the Present We Can Value Them For How we can value them for how
evoke at once the need for and the limits of historical reconstructionThisat once the need for and the limits of historical reconstructionThis will be of interest to students and scholars of colonial history photographic history visual media and African studie.