SUBJECTS OR OBJECTS: KINGS, AMAKHOSI, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE

In his final lecture in this semester’s lecture series ‘The Public Face of African Scholarship’ Professor Jeff Guy continues the theme of visuality in African studies by demonstrating the importance of seeing photographs as history, not mere illustrations of history. He takes his examples from some of the remarkable photographs of African leaders in colonial Natal, showing how some were able to gain control of their image and use it in their cause, and others had their image torn from them. However, by examining the changing technologies of photography within an historical context, he is able to argue that ultimately, it was the photographic image which was able to assert itself in the anti-colonial cause.

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