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Navigating the African DiasporaThe Anthropology of Invisibility$
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Donald Martin Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647774

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647774.001.0001

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The Inexhaustible Sense of Exile

The Inexhaustible Sense of Exile

Other Cultures in the Photographic Imaginary

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(p.105) Chapter 3 The Inexhaustible Sense of Exile
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Navigating the African Diaspora
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Donald Martin Carter

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816647774.003.0004

This chapter portrays the diasporic sense of exile via the innovation of photography, which (in some sense literally) captures the diasporic imagination, with photographs acting as both context and tokens of identity and comfort. In essence, photography serves as another aspect of the politics of representation. Early African photography was primarily comprised of nature photography as well as colonial documentation meant to glorify the colonial masters and present Africa as an exotic fantasy world. In postcolonial times, especially during the advent of filmmaking, it became a means for the socially “erased” Africans to establish their own images and memories amidst a society bent on removing their presence altogether.

Keywords:   exile, photography, filmmaking, representation, African diaspora, Africa

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