Light on Darkness?: Missionary Photography of Africa in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 20.04.2012 - 286 Seiten
In its earliest days, photography was seen as depicting its subjects with such objectivity as to be inherently free of ideological bias. Today we are rightly more skeptical -- at least most of the time. When it comes to photography from the past, we tend to set some of our skepticism aside. But should we?

In Light on Darkness? T. Jack Thompson, a leading historian of African Christianity, revisits the body of photography generated by British missionaries to sub-Saharan Africa in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and demonstrates that much more is going on in these images than meets the eye. This volume offers a careful reassessment of missionary photographers, their photographs, and their African and European audiences. Several dozen fascinating photographs from the period are included.

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The Beginnings of Photography
Visual Representation
Visual Representations
Creating an Africa for Africans? Scottish Missions
Radical Missionaries and Critical Theories

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Über den Autor (2012)

T. Jack Thompson is former director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. His other books include Images of Africa and Christianity in Northern Malawi.

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