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Images and EmpiresVisuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa$
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Paul Landau and Susan Griffin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001

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An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa

An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa

(p.1) Introduction An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa
Images and Empires

Paul S. Landau

University of California Press

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

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