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Title Unfixed : photography and decolonial imagination in West Africa / Jennifer Bajorek.
Author Bajorek, Jennifer, author.
Publication Durham : Duke University Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description xxi, 328 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 26 cm
Call # 770.0966 B
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-318) and index.
Summary "In 'Unfixed' Jennifer Bajorek traces the relationship between photography and decolonial political imagination in Francophone West Africa in the years immediately leading up to and following independence from French colonial rule in 1960. Focusing on images created by photographers based in Senegal and Benin, Bajorek draws on formal analyses of images and ethnographic fieldwork with photographers to show how photography not only reflected but also actively contributed to social and political change. The proliferation of photographic imagery--through studio portraiture, bureaucratic ID cards, political reportage and photojournalism, magazines, and more--provided the means for west Africans to express their experiences, shape public and political discourse, and reimagine their world. In delineating how west Africans' embrace of photography was associated with and helped spur the democratization of political participation and the development of labor and liberation movements, Bajorek tells a new history of photography in west Africa--one that theorizes photography's capacity for doing decolonial work"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: At least two histories of liberation -- Part 1. What makes a popular photography?. Ça bousculait! (It was happening!) ; Wild circulation: photography as urban media ; Decolonizing print culture: the example of Bingo -- Part 2. Republic of images. Africanizing political photography ; The pleasures of state-sponsored photography ; African futures, lost and found.
Subject Photography -- Political aspects -- Africa, French-speaking West -- History -- 20th century.
Photography -- Social aspects -- Africa, French-speaking West -- History -- 20th century.
Photography -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01061785
Photography -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01061826
French-speaking Western Africa. (OCoLC)fst01692605
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Related To Online version: Bajorek, Jennifer, 1970- Unfixed Durham : Duke University Press, 2020. 9781478004585 (DLC) 2019980319
ISBN 1478003928 (paperback) :
9781478003922 (paperback) :
1478003669 (hardcover)
9781478003663 (hardcover)

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