Pacific Island photography and knowledge in the public domain; a century of contradictory visual histories

Quanchi, Max (2002) Pacific Island photography and knowledge in the public domain; a century of contradictory visual histories. Spectator: journal of film and television criticism, 23(1), pp. 13-26.

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The extent to which photographs of Oceania facilitated learning-by-looking and educated the reading public is an important historical characteristic of the early 20th century boom in photographically illustrated media - postcards, stereographs, gift albums, illustrated magazines, journals, weekend newspapers and serial encyclopaedia. A century later these same black and white images circulate in the public domain as posters, video covers, museum installations and book illustrations educating a 21st century audience about an imagined (historical) and actual (contemporary) Oceania.

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ID Code: 543
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Photography, History, Pacific Islands, Media, Oceania
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori) (210313)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:44

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