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Camera Orientalis
Author: Ali Behdad

ISBN: 9780226356402
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17 August 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.5
Description:
In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light-making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. A pioneering study of this intertwined history,Camera Orientalis traces the Middle East's influences on photography's evolution, as well as photography's effect on Europe's view of "the Orient."

Considering a range of Western and Middle Eastern archival material from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Ali Behdad offers a rich account of how photography transformed Europe's distinctly Orientalist vision into what seemed objective fact, a transformation that proved central to the project of European colonialism. At the same time, Orientalism was useful for photographers from both regions, as it gave them a set of conventions by which to frame exotic Middle Eastern cultures for Western audiences. Behdad also shows how Middle Eastern audiences embraced ...

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