By James C. Faris
This thorough severe exam of photographic practices calls consciousness to the shortcoming of so much images to speak the lived reports of local humans or their background. Faris's survey, starting with the earliest images of Navajo in captivity on the Bosque Redondo and together with the main contemporary sleek photograph books and calendars, issues up the Western assumptions that experience consistently ruled photographic illustration of Navajo humans. Drawing on exhaustive archival study to unearth infrequently released pictures in addition to unpublished photos through famous photographers, Faris records Navajo resistance to the West's view (and viewfinder) and protracted makes an attempt to beat or push aside such resistance. He demanding situations the photographic historical past of the Navajo humans as awarded through photographers, historians, and anthropologists, and explores the social and felony stipulations that make such images attainable. Confronting many readers' nostalgic expectancies, Navajo and images will entice all people with an curiosity within the juxtaposition of cultures and photographic critique.
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Extra resources for Navajo and photography: a critical history of the representation of an American people
This instability is perhaps an important reason to remain optimistic in the face of an otherwise somewhat inimical critique. Of course, there have always been claims that photography was a "neutral technology," for it was but simply (or complexly) a photochemical process that somehow candidly reflected the world on the other side of the photographer (albeit with a cultural component, especially if the camera were in the hands of the Other, 9 excluding all ethical issues). These insistences were often heard loudest from anthropological photographic practitioners,10 for they were important in expediting the discipline's emergence as a social science.
Are non-Navajo photographs of Navajo nothing more than ruins, great monuments of the West's alienation, its contumaciousness? " Navajo History A central thesis of this volume is that photography has been very important in the situating of Western perceptions of Navajo, not simply in superficial appearances and pastoral setting but also in the establishment of a specific Navajo history and a concrete conventional wisdom of Navajo character and being in time. Several nonphotographic Navajo histories exist.
But this appearance, this presence, in photography's rigidly fixed single dimension obviously cannot transcend time, particularly if such time involves (as it always does) the possibility of an alternative historical discourse, completely opaque or invisible to photography. As Benjamin (1969:226) noted, photographs "become standard evidence for historical occurrences, and acquire a hidden political significance. " Temporally, then, photography could only look back, could only be reactionary, and could only satisfy in terms of nostalgia, preservation, desire, and other nihilistic fixations from a single discursive view.