12201017459?profile=originalAfrican photography has emerged as a significant focus of research and scholarship over the last twenty years, the result of a growing interest in postcolonial societies and cultures and a turn towards visual evidence across the humanities and social sciences. At the same time, many rich and fascinating photographic collections have come to light. 

This volume (Bloomsbury, 2015), edited by Christopher Morton and Darren Newbury, explores the complex theoretical and practical issues involved in the study of African photographic archives, based on case studies drawn from across the continent dating from the 19th century to the present day. Chapters consider what constitutes an archive, from the familiar mission and state archives to more local, vernacular and personal accumulations of photographs; the importance of a critical and reflexive engagement with photographic collections; and the question of where and what is 'Africa', as constructed in the photographic archive. 

Essential reading for all researchers working with photographic archives, this book consolidates current thinking on the topic and sets the agenda for future research in this field. 

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  • I was a COI staff photographer from 1950 to 1954 where I worked for the Colonial Office doing picture features in East Africa and the Sudan, Gibralter, Malta and Cyprus and the far east,
    Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo. I found some of my colour pictures in the Imperial War Museum who let me have some on disc. I was with Princess Elizabeth at Tree Tops when her father the King died in 1952 and reckon to be the only one still alive in the press corp because I am now 86 and was 22 when that happened. If you are interested, ring me on 01403 733354 and lets talk. John Jochimsen PS. my memoirs are published under the title
    '80 Years Gone in a Flash' which you might be interested in.
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