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Navajo and photography : a critical history of the representation of an American people

Author: James C Faris
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This thorough critical examination of photographic practices calls attention to the inability of most photography to communicate the lived experiences of native people or their history. Faris's survey, beginning with the earliest photographs of Navajos in captivity at the Bosque Redondo and including the most recent glossy picture books and calendars, points up the western assumptions that have always governed
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Faris, James C.
Navajo and photography.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605952439
Online version:
Faris, James C.
Navajo and photography.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)609003789
Named Person: Laura Gilpin; Edward S Curtis; Edward S Curtis; Laura Gilpin
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Faris
ISBN: 0826317251 9780826317254
OCLC Number: 33359120
Description: xv, 392 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The gaze of Western Humanism : photography as enterprise : Navajo, photography, anthropology, Navajo history --
The registers of photography of Navajo : method as political critique : valences in the photography of Navajo --
A Historical sketch of nineteenth-century photography of Navajo : the first photographers : photographers, 1870-1900 --
The vanishing race: Edward S. Curtis --
Photography of Navajo to mid-century: saturated fields of visibility : the settling of Tropes: the first two decades : photography of Navajo after 1920 : bureaucrats, postal cards, and color slides --
The endearing Navajo: Laura Gilpin --
Selling Navajo images: contemporary picture books and photographic modernism --
Navajo photographers --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: James C. Faris.

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Faris (professor emeritus, anthropology, U. of Connecticut) surveys the assumptions that have governed photographic representations of Navajo people by white Westerners, from the earliest photographs  Read more...

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