Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe
By: Tina Campt (author)Paperback
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In Image Matters, Tina M. Campt traces the emergence of a black European subject by examining how specific black European communities used family photography to create forms of identification and community. At the heart of Campt's study are two photographic archives, one composed primarily of snapshots of black German families taken between 1900 and 1945, and the other assembled from studio portraits of West Indian migrants to Birmingham, England, taken between 1948 and 1960. Campt shows how these photographs conveyed profound aspirations to forms of national and cultural belonging. In the process, she engages a host of contemporary issues, including the recoverability of non-stereotypical life stories of black people, especially in Europe, and their impact on our understanding of difference within diaspora; the relevance and theoretical approachability of domestic, vernacular photography; and the relationship between affect and photography.
Campt places special emphasis on the tactile and sonic registers of family photographs, and she uses them to read the complexity of "race" in visual signs and to highlight the inseparability of gender and sexuality from any analysis of race and class. Image Matters is an extraordinary reflection on what vernacular photography enabled black Europeans to say about themselves and their communities.
Tina M. Campt is Director of the Africana Studies Program and Professor of Africana and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Our Family Tales and Photographic Records 1 Part 1. Family Matters: Sight, Sense, Touch 21 1. Family Touches 35 Interstitial 1. The Girl and/in the Gaze 71 2. Orphan Photos, Fugitive Images 83 Part 2. Image Matters: Sight, Sound, Score 115 Interstitial 2. "Thingyness"; or, The Matter of the Image 117 3. The Lyric of the Archive 129 Epilogue 199 Notes 205 Bibliography 223 Illustration Credits 231 Index 233
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