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Portraits of Modernity: Fashioning Selves in Dakarois Popular Photography

Hudita Nura Mustafa

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0007
Portraits of Modernity: Fashioning Selves in Dakarois Popular Photography

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This chapter examines the creation and distribution of popular photographic portraiture in Dakar. It shows how bodies and selves, once subjugated within a colonial imaginary, have been reclaimed and reformed through postcolonial strategies of self-invention. It discusses the transformations of Dakar from cosmopolitan showpiece to site of socioeconomic collapse and argues that the practices of portraiture subverts the colonial male gaze with its own techniques and reframes the feminine body.

Keywords: photographic portraiture; Dakar; colonial imaginary; self-invention; socioeconomic collapse; feminine body

Chapter.  8581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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