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Photographies East : the camera and its histories in East and Southeast Asia

Author: Rosalind C Morris
Publisher: Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2009.
Series: Objects/histories.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Introducing "Photographies East", Rosalind C. Morris notes that, although the camera is now a taken-for-granted element of everyday life in most parts of the world, it is difficult to appreciate 'the shock and sense of utter improbability that accompanied the new technology' as it was introduced in Asia (and elsewhere). In this collection, scholars of Asia, most of whom are anthropologists, describe frequent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Photographies East.
Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)666653991
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalind C Morris
ISBN: 9780822341888 0822341883 9780822342052 0822342057
OCLC Number: 272305310
Description: 313 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Photographies east: the camera and its histories in East and Southeast Asia / Rosalind C. Morris --
The ghost in the machine / John Pemberton --
The curse of the photograph : Atjeh 1901 / James T. Siegel --
The photography complex : exposing Boxer-era China (1900/1901), making civilization / James L. Hevia --
Photography and the power of images in the history of power : notes from Thailand / Rosalind C. Morris --
In and out of the picture : photography, ritual, and modernity in Aru, Indonesia / Patricia Spyer --
Mysterious photographs / Nickola Pazderic --
Abandoned cities seen anew : reflections on spatial specificity and temporal transience / Carlos Rojas --
Dark enlightenment : Naitō Masatoshi's flash / Marilyn Ivy --
Cine-photography as racial technology : Tanizaki Junʼichirō's close-up on the new/Oriental woman's face / Thomas Lamarre.
Series Title: Objects/histories.
Responsibility: edited by Rosalind C. Morris.

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