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Portraiture and Photography in Africa
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Beautifully illustrated, Portrait Photography in Africa offers new interpretations of the cultural and historical roles of photography in Africa. Twelve leading scholars look at early photographs, important photographers’ studios, the uses of portraiture in the 19th century, and the current passion for portraits in Africa. They review a variety of topics, including what defines a common culture of photography, the social and political implications of changing technologies for portraiture, and the lasting effects of culture on the idea of the person depicted in the photographic image.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Study of Photographic Portraiture in Africa
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. PART ONE. EXCHANGE
  2. pp. 52-53
  1. 1 Portrait Photography: A Visual Currency in the Atlantic Visualscape
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. 2 Lutterodt Family Studios and the Changing Face of Early Portrait Photographs from the Gold Coast
  2. pp. 67-101
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  1. 3 Yoruba Studio Photographers in Francophone West Africa
  2. pp. 102-140
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  1. 4 The Fieldworker and the Portrait: The Social Relations of Photography
  2. pp. 141-173
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  1. PART TWO. SOCIAL LIVES
  2. pp. 194-195
  1. 5 "A Photograph Steals the Soul": The History of an Idea
  2. pp. 177-212
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  1. 6 The Past in the Present: Photographic Portraiture and the Evocation of Multiple Histories in the Bamum Kingdom of Cameroon
  2. pp. 213-252
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  1. 7 Mombasa on Display: Photography and the Formation of an Urban Public, from the 1940s Onward
  2. pp. 253-286
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  1. 8 Portrait Photography in a Postcolonial Age: How Beauty Tells the Truth
  2. pp. 287-312
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  1. PART THREE. TRADITIONS
  2. pp. 332-333
  1. 9 Likeness or Not: Musings on Portraiture in Canonical African Art and Its Implications for African Portrait Photography
  2. pp. 315-340
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  1. 10 Àkó-graphy: Òwò Portraits
  2. pp. 341-361
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  1. 11 Visual Griots: Identity, Aesthetics, and the Social Roles of Portrait Photographers in Mali
  2. pp. 363-405
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  1. 12 The Intermediality of Portraiture in Northern Côte d'Ivoire
  2. pp. 407-437
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 439-440
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 441-452
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