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142 Book Reviews Assembly on July 15, 1952, and a number of useful documents found in the British archives, including petitions to Emperor Hayla-SaHase by leaders of the Muslim League about the deteriorating situation in Eritrea. Bahru Zewde Addis Ababa University Fotografia e storia dellAfrica Alessandro Triulzi, editor Naples: Istituto Universitario Orientale, 1995. Pp. 266. The study of the use of photography in African, and Ethiopian, history has truly blossomed since the School of Oriental and African Studies workshop on Photographs as Sources ofAfrican History, which was held in London in 1986. The gathering was followed by the appearance of Andrew Roberts' pioneering article "Photographs and African History," which was published in theJournal ofAfrican History about a decade ago, in 1988. This work was followed, in the next few years, by a number of important articles on photographs of Africa, notably by Christraud Geary and F Kaplan. Studies more specifically on Ethiopia, and/or Italian colonialism therein, were also published by the present reviewer in 1976, by A. Triulzi in 1988 and 1989, and by L. Goglia, and S. Palma, in two separate studies in 1989. The time was clearly ripe for a second meeting of scholars, a Convegno Internazionale, which was held in Naples and Rome, in September 1992. Its proceedings, Fotografia e storia dell' Africa, edited by Triulzi in an attractive volume spattered with many photographic reproductions, falls into four main sections: Themes of Research, Questions of Methodology, Photographic Archives, and, last but not least in importance, Problems of Conservation. Ethiopia and the adjacent former Italian colonies, as one would expect from an Italian-based forum on Africa, figure extensively in this volume. The more substantive chapters include studies on the photography of Ethiopian rulers from Menilek to Haylä Sellase (Michel Perret), the city of Addis Ababa (Alain Gascon and Bertrand Hirsch), and Italian colonialism in the area (Luigi Goglia Booh Reviews 143 and Alfredo Mignemi). There are also reports on major photographic collections of Ethiopian interest, notably the Società Africana d'Italia and the exMuseo Coloniale (Silvana Palma), the Società Geografica Italiana (Maria Mancini), the Mission Dakar-Djibouti (Jacques Mercier), and other French photographic archives (Michel Perret and Bertrand Hirsch), the Italian military Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Exercito (Giuseppe Panetto), Italian photographic post-cards, with of course a little fascist pornography (Enrico Sturani), and the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (Shifferaw Bekele). This welcome scholarly feast (which is at the same time a useful reference work) is further enriched by two more theoretical papers by the two pioneers of photographic research, Triulzi and Geary. Since the appearance of this valuable work Professor Bahru Zewde, the then Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, staged a notable photographic exhibition on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battle of Adwa, which will doubtless also enter the annals of Ethiopian photographic history. Richard Pankhurst Addis Ababa ...

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ISSN
1535-6574
Print ISSN
0740-9133
Pages
pp. 142-143
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-06
Open Access
No
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