Jan 26, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||Edmund Leach Room, Division of Social Anthropology|
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Dr Christopher Ball (University of Notre Dame)
Art Photojournalism in Amazonia: Wauja People in Sebastiao Salgado's "Genesis"
This talk addresses the relation between realist primitivism as a genre of documentary photography and the representation of Amazonian peoples in popular media. Specifically it looks at the work of photographer Sebastiao Salgado and documents his 2005 visit to the Wauja community in Central Brazil as he made photographs for his 2003 book Genesis. It will discuss ethnography of the photographic encounter, and also take up Wauja people's reactions to the book a decade later in 2015. The analysis calls up the themes of representation and voice, the semiotics of images, and global indigenous politics.