The photographic representation of non-Western cultures

stefanatou, ilektra (2012) The photographic representation of non-Western cultures. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The study investigates the representation of non-Western cultures in the visual media aiming at clarifying whether they are misrepresented. It explores the photographic representation of the non-European world during the colonial period by examining anthropological and tourist photographs, in order to consider if they have promoted colonial notions of ‘Otherness’, ‘exoticism’ and ‘Orientalism’. Furthermore, the study examines whether there are links between contemporary visual media and colonial ideology in the post-colonial period. It was found that anthropological photographs and tourist imagery reinforced colonial ideas, in order to stress the superiority of the colonisers and the underdevelopment of the natives. Moreover, there is a significant relationship between contemporary visual media and colonial ideology as the West still has control of how the past colonies are represented photographically, for example in travel brochures and magazines, such as National Geographic.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 15:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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