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Photography, humanitarianism, empire

Photography, humanitarianism, empire

Lydon, Jane, 1965- author

With their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, photographs have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between people across the globe; this book explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights. Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, a rich selection of case studies - drawing on a range of visual genres, from portraiture to ethnographic to scientific photographs - show how photographic encounters between Aboriginals, missionaries, scientists, photographers and writers fuelled international debates about morality, law, politics and human rights. Drawing on new archival research, Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire is essential reading for students and scholars of race, visuality and the histories of empire and human rights

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Published London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Jane Lydon
ISBN: 1474235514, 9781474235518
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: 2016.
Physical Description: xiv, 187 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white)
Series: Photography, history - history, photography
Subject: Photography Moral and ethical aspects.; Human rights, civil rights; 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999; Photography Social aspects Australia History.; Photography Political aspects Australia Case studies.; Photography in historiography.; Photography.; Australasian & Pacific history; Photography Political aspects Australia History.; Humanitarianism.; 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899; History of art; Photography & photographs; Social & cultural history; Australia; National characteristics, Australian.; Photography Social aspects Australia History Case studies.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Photography, history - history, photography.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350027435


  1. 1. Introduction: Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire
  2. 2. One Blood: The Nucleus of the Native Church
  3. 3. Veritable Apollos: Beauty, Race and Scientists
  4. 4. Blind Spots or Bearing Witness: Antislavery and Frontier Violence in Australia
  5. 5. Popularizing Anthropology: Elsie Masson and Baldwin Spencer
  6. 6. 'A Ray of Special Resemblance': H. G. Wells and Colonial Embarrassment
  7. 7. Happy Families?: UNESCO's Human Rights Exhibition in Australia, 1951
  8. Notes
  9. Bibliography
  10. Index