Photography and Migration

Photography and Migration

By: Tanya Sheehan (editor)Paperback

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Written in the context of unprecedented dislocation and a global refugee crisis, this edited volume thinks through photography's long and complex relationship to human migration. While contemporary media images largely frame migration in terms of trauma, victimhood, and pity, so much more can be said of photography's role in the movement of people around the world. Cameras can document, enable, or control human movement across geographical, cultural, and political divides. Their operators put faces on forced and voluntary migrations, making visible hardships and suffering as well as opportunity and optimism. Photographers include migrating subjects who take pictures for their own consumption, not for international recognition. And photographs themselves migrate with their makers, subjects, and viewers, as the very concept of photography takes on new functions and meanings. Photography and Migration places into conversation media images and other photographs that the contributors have witnessed, collected, or created through their diverse national, regional, and local contexts. Developed across thirteen chapters, this conversation encompasses images, histories, and testimonies offering analysis of new perspectives on photography and migration today.

About Author

Tanya Sheehan is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Associate Professor of Art at Colby College, USA, where she founded the Photography and Migration Project in 2014. She has authored two books, Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011) and Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor (2018). She has also edited several collections of essays, including Photography, History, Difference (2014), Photography and Its Origins (2015, with Andres Zervigon), and Grove Art Guide to Photography (2017). Since 2015, Tanya Sheehan has served as editor of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art Journal.


List of Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgements About the Contributors Chapter 1 Photography and Migration: Keywords Tanya Sheehan (Im)mobility Chapter 2 Back to America: Photography and Japanese Americans from Incarceration to Resettlement Jasmine Alinder Chapter 3 Residential School Photographs: The Visual Rhetoric of Indigenous Removal and Containment Carol Williams Chapter 4 Animating Death: Stills That Migrate Anne Teresa Demo Border Chapter 5 The Razor's Edge: Image and Corpo-reality at Europe's Borders Parvati Nair Chapter 6 Fantasy Islands: Photography, Empathy, and Australia's Detention Archipelago Jane Lydon Chapter 7 The Indecisive Moment: Photoethnography on the Undocumented Migration Trail Jason De Leon Refugee Chapter 8 Refugee Photography and the Subject of Human Interest Thy Phu Chapter 9 Feelings, Facebook, Forced Migration: Photographs of Refugees and Affective Spaces Online Marta Zarzycka Chapter 10 The Visual Politics of Climate Refugees T. J. Demos Diaspora Chapter 11 Photography and Diaspora: A Roundtable Anthony W. Lee with Pok Chi Lau, Surendra Lawoti, and Wei Leng Tay Chapter 12 Intimacy Out of Doors: Landscape, Labor, and Chinese Diasporic Practices of Looking Nadine Attewell Chapter 13 Kan Azuma and the Japanese Canadian Diaspora: Perception, Identity, and Their Erosion Martha Langford

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  • ISBN13: 9781138244405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781138244405
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 1138244406

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