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The Resource Camera Orientalis : reflections on photography of the Middle East, Ali Behdad

Camera Orientalis : reflections on photography of the Middle East, Ali Behdad

Label
Camera Orientalis : reflections on photography of the Middle East
Title
Camera Orientalis
Title remainder
reflections on photography of the Middle East
Statement of responsibility
Ali Behdad
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. A pioneering study of this intertwined history, Camera Orientalis traces the Middle East's influences on photography's evolution, as well as photography's effect on Europe's view of "the Orient." Considering a range of Western and Middle Eastern archival material from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Ali Behdad offers a rich account of how photography transformed Europe's distinctly Orientalist vision into what seemed objective fact, a transformation that proved central to the project of European colonialism. At the same time, Orientalism was useful for photographers from both regions, as it gave them a set of conventions by which to frame exotic Middle Eastern cultures for Western audiences. Behdad also shows how Middle Eastern audiences embraced photography as a way to foreground status and patriarchal values while also exoticizing other social classes. An important examination of previously overlooked European and Middle Eastern photographers and studios, Camera Orientalis demonstrates that, far from being a one-sided European development, Orientalist photography was the product of rich cultural contact between the East and the West
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
Dewey number
770.956
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TR114
LC item number
.B44 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Camera Orientalis : reflections on photography of the Middle East, Ali Behdad
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The Orientalist photograph -- The tourist, the collector, and the curator : on the lives and afterlives of Ottoman-era photography -- The politics of resident photography in the Middle East : reflections on Antoin Sevruguin's photographs of Qajar-era Iran -- In my grandfather's darkroom : on photographic (self-)exoticism in the Middle East -- Local representations of power : on royal portrait photography in Iran -- Afterword : on photography and Neo-orientalism today
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780226356402
Lccn
2015039772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)926623457
  • (OCoLC)ocn926623457
Label
Camera Orientalis : reflections on photography of the Middle East, Ali Behdad
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The Orientalist photograph -- The tourist, the collector, and the curator : on the lives and afterlives of Ottoman-era photography -- The politics of resident photography in the Middle East : reflections on Antoin Sevruguin's photographs of Qajar-era Iran -- In my grandfather's darkroom : on photographic (self-)exoticism in the Middle East -- Local representations of power : on royal portrait photography in Iran -- Afterword : on photography and Neo-orientalism today
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780226356402
Lccn
2015039772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)926623457
  • (OCoLC)ocn926623457

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