An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa

Paul S. Landau

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about figurative images of Africa and visual mimesis of Africans. The chapters examine visual images as they were deployed in their contexts of apprehension and compares African iconographies and readings with European ones. The chapters analyze colonist and folk arts, including advertising, street cartooning, and photography. They demonstrate that images change depending on who is looking at them and show that how images have both underwritten and undermined the hierarchies that governed colonial Africa.

Keywords: figurative images; Africa; visual mimesis; Africans; iconographies; folk arts; advertising; street cartooning; photography

Chapter.  21704 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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