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CAMERA GRAECA: PHOTOGRAPHS, NARRATIVES, MATERIALITIES. Ed. by Philip Carabott et al. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. Published in association with Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, University of London. Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London Publications, 16. 394 pp. with 89 ills. 25 x 17 cm. LC 2014-45786 ISBN 9781472424761 In English.
Publisher's description: While written sources on the history of Greece have been studied extensively, no systematic attempt has been made to examine photography as an important cultural and material process. This is surprising, given that Modern Greece and photography are almost peers: both are cultural products of the 1830s, and both actively converse with modernity. Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities fills this lacuna. It is the first inter-disciplinary volume to examine critically and in a theorised manner the entanglement of Greece with photography. The book argues that photographs and the photographic process as a whole have been instrumental in the reproduction of national imagination, in the consolidation of the nation-building process, and in the generation and dissemination of state propaganda. At the same time, it is argued that the photographic field constitutes a site of memory and counter-memory, where various social actors intervene actively and stake their discursive, material, and practical claims. As such, the volume will be of relevance to scholars and photographers, worldwide.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Greece — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168267
Hardcover $134.95    

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