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positions (2012) 20 (3): 877–883.
Published: 01 August 2012
... the borders of spectacle, (homoerotic) desire, translation, audience, and affect. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 Pop Tarts (Photographic Portfolio) Viet Le The boy bang/gang band project consists of campy images and music vid- eos of faux pan...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 727–769.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Sarah Frederick This article analyzes interactions between text and photographic image in works of photographic fiction ( shashin shôsetsu ) printed in Japanese women's magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s, including their interaction with cinema and print culture. The essay considers the complex...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 231–251.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Hagiwara Hiroko The aim of this essay is to suggest a way to see and discuss a body of Araki Nobuyoshi's later photographic work that centers on images of bound and naked women. Araki has prolifically exhibited and published provocative photographs for over thirty years in Japan and for some years...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 389–429.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Ayelet Zohar This manuscript engages with two central ideas: the first concerns issues related to the problem of truth value in photography, vis-à-vis issues of fictionality and the powers of the false. This discussion is set forth through the analysis of two photographic series—Tsukada Mamoru's...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 599–631.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Andrew F. Jones The prominent architectural historian Liang Sicheng devoted much of his career to the photographic, graphic, and textual documentation of old Chinese buildings. This project was grounded in his efforts to (re)construct a Chinese architectural “Order,” and in so doing to posit...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 671–693.
Published: 01 August 2010
..., remembering, and contesting. This article pursues the prehistory of these images to critically address the recollection and reinvention of familial ties and bloodlines in contemporary Chinese art. The article studies a group of photographs taken during the second half of the Cultural Revolution, the early...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 177–205.
Published: 01 February 2020
..., incorporates multiple female gazes: not only that of the artist but also those of the subjects, who look at each other and at their own mirror reflections. Female Writer , a diptych consisting of a photograph and painting of the writer Zhao Bo, recalls paintings from the “beautiful women” genre. Though both...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... examine how and why these contexts led the filmmaker to take considerable liberties in adapting the story, in particular its conspicuous incorporation of archival photographs that document the rise of Japanese militarism in the mid- to late Taishō period (1912–26). I argue that the insistent injection...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 51–87.
Published: 01 February 2010
.... Uchida's photographs were missing for over seventy years, however, after being used by Jeong Moon-Ki, a representative Korean ichthyologist in the postcolonial era. Uchida's glass plates were discovered by chance and were archived and displayed in 2004 in an exhibition titled The Fish Locked in a Glass...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 373–383.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Norman A. Spencer “Ten Years of Queer Cinema in China” is a photo memoir with twenty photographs and commentary that documents two important cultural events rarely mentioned in US discussions of Chinese underground cinema. They are the First Chinese Gay and Lesbian Film Festival held at Beijing...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 793–804.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Julie Thi Underhill At twenty-two, Julie Thi Underhill met her dying grandmother Thị Oai and began a portrait series in her mother's home village. Seven years later, she returned with her family to Phước Lập, a Hindu Chăm village in south central Viet Nam, where she photographed and filmed her...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 547–577.
Published: 01 August 2013
... Korea's “multiracial” pasts for a generation of Western authors, a commitment that superseded the overall assignment of meaning to the temple within histories of race, religion, or nation. Meanwhile, Starr's 1911 photographs show the practice of some Korean visitors to the temple of literally “writing...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 201–229.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Ignacio Adriasola In this article, I juxtapose Tange Kenzō ‘s vision for a new civic and business axis to be built over Tokyo Bay in his proposal “Tokyo Megalopolis” (1961) and the Private Landscape series by photographer Hosoe Eikoh (1971–). These very different projects—Tange's paper architecture...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 115–119.
Published: 01 February 2015
... differ substantially in Japan as opposed to its former colonies. The controversy also points to the explosion in publications and on the Web of visual imagery from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The ability to publish photographs at low cost means that those who do so should recognize...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 729–742.
Published: 01 November 2015
.... The essay high-lights the remarkable work of Chris Marker, who died in 2012, one day after his ninety-first birthday. A well-known photographer, filmmaker, and artist, he visited the North four years after the air war ended and published a remarkable book of photos—one that also remains unknown or forgotten...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 727–759.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Jan Christian Bernabe The article explores the archive imperative in the 1995 film Bontoc Eulogy by Filipino American photographer and filmmaker Marlon Fuentes. The archive imperative is a decolonizing aesthetic and political strategy that challenges American colonial visual regimes and knowledge...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 761–787.
Published: 01 November 2016
... from sketches and photographs to exhibitions. Their use of visual methods, however, has been discussed only in terms of their “othering” of neighboring nations; this article, rather, explores how these visual technologies led these anthropologists to visualize the Japanese empire as a composite...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 571–597.
Published: 01 August 2010
... with photography. What did shashin indicate in the context of the prephotographic production of images? What kinds of meanings were attached to the term that would later resonate with photographic technology? This article considers the study of materia medica in nineteenth-century Japan to explore these questions...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 633–670.
Published: 01 August 2010
... the relation between Tiananmen's two functions, as an emblem of the state and as a cement-covered recreational park. Through the overlap of multiple frames—pictorial, spatial, and ideological—images and social practices define the relationship between photographed subject and prevailing values and iterate...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 695–725.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Kirsten Cather This article discusses the obscenity trial of director Oshima Nagisa's 1976 book In the Realm of the Senses , which includes a series of still photographs and the screenplay from his notorious film of the same name. The case illustrates how obscenity convictions in postwar Japan...