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Title: Paradise Abandoned: An Ethno-historical Study of the Visual Representation of the Andaman Islands, 1858-1906.
Author: Bentkowski, Arkadiusz L.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3460 5022
Awarding Body: The Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2006
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The purpose of this thesis is to enrich understanding of historical photography, especially anthropological uses of the medium, by drawing upon the substantial collection of anthropological photographs taken in the Andaman Islands between 1858 and 1906. The Andamanese, then perceived as the missing link between animal ahd human history, gained special attention in early British anthropology. Photography from the Andamans during this period, therefore, played a significant role in the development of early British anthropology, and in turn, the Andamans became an important site for experimentation in anthropological photographic techniques, Le. composite, anthropometric and standardised methods. This thesis explores the history of photography and anthropology in the context of the colonisation of the Andamans, and the conditions of possibility that produced particular photographic techniques. The production of the Andaman photographs was subject to the discourses of nineteenth century anthropology and scientific positivism as much as it was to the processes, styles, limitations and etiquette of nineteenth century photography. By offering a reassessment of the interlinking of the photographic medium with nineteenth century anthropological practices, this thesis comments on the nature of photography and suggests new ways of understanding historical photography as a whole. The final part of the thesis moves beyond the nineteenth century to consider the Andaman photographs as an archival collection, exploring the affectivity of the photographs in relation to contemporary aesthetic values. It analyses the possible spaces they might occupy in their' contemporary existence within exhibitionary complexes, independent of their original historical meanings and uses.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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