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Trans Asia Photography (2023) 13 (1)
Published: 01 May 2023
... 4.0). memory colonialism Cold War Malaya British Empire Some people say history moves in a spiral, not the line we have come to expect. We travel through time in a circular trajectory, our distance increasing from an epicenter only to return again, one circle removed. —Ocean Vuong...
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Trans Asia Photography (2023) 13 (1)
Published: 01 May 2023
... which “the war's meaning” was defined and contained, I situate the photographs as part of a broader British effort to reassert the legitimacy of colonial rule at a crisis point for empire by refiguring Asian liberation as an affordance, or synonym, of British (re)occupation. At the same time, I read...
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Trans Asia Photography (2014) 5 (1)
Published: 01 October 2014
... and the rest of the British Empire. In 1914, Canada was a union of three North American colonies still nominally part of the British Empire but with increasing autonomy. 2 One component of that autonomy was to determine what a new Canada would look like and then shape it through government regulations...
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Trans Asia Photography (2011) 1 (2)
Published: 01 May 2011
... of which the Getty recently acquired from the Wilson Centre for Photography. A few additional photographs are from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The career of Felice Beato (1832-1909) is inextricable from the histories of the expansion of both the British Empire and Asian trade...
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Trans Asia Photography (2021) 11 (2)
Published: 21 December 2021
... that the characterization of South Asian women as “picturesque” was commonplace across the Empire. The fruit industry came to prominence in Jamaica during the same years as the tea industry in South Asia. At this time, following the abolition of slavery, the importation of indentured Indian labourers to British Caribbean...
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Trans Asia Photography (2023) 13 (1)
Published: 01 May 2023
... in India. The contrast in this image almost signifies the crumbling elite order of the British Empire against the newly emergent American military men dashing forth with pressing economic attention. Without any explicit reference to this layer of meaning, the play between such strong political denotation...
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Trans Asia Photography (2020) 10 (2)
Published: 24 April 2020
...: A History of Muslims in Northwest China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998). 4. James P. Ryan, Picturing Empire: Photography and Visualisation of the British Empire (London: Reaktion Books, 1997). See also Anne Maxwell, Colonial Photography and Exhibitions: Representations...
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Trans Asia Photography (2011) 2 (1)
Published: 01 September 2011
... identified as ‘Ah Fong’. These successful photographs are compared with a later, commissioned plan to photograph the whole British Empire, undertaken by Alfred Hugh Fisher.” Moriguchi Katsu 森口豁, Moriguchi Katsu shashinshū : sayonara Amerika 森口豁写真集 : さよならアメリカ . Tōkyō : Miraisha 未来社, 2010. ISBN...
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Trans Asia Photography (2019) 9 (2)
Published: 12 April 2019
... (Schor 2010, Stieber 2010, Meikle 2015, Jakle and Sculle 2012). More picture postcards were produced for India than for any other part of the British Empire outside of Britain, yet this vast popular archive has not fared well in histories of global media. They have been commonly viewed as trivial...
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Trans Asia Photography (2010) 1 (1)
Published: 01 September 2010
..., anthropologists, and cultural theorists. In comparison with South Asia, whose photographic histories have received important scholarly attention by writers such as Christopher Pinney ( The Coming of Photography in India , 2008) and James Ryan ( Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British...
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Trans Asia Photography (2011) 1 (2)
Published: 01 May 2011
... to various places in the British Empire; three different panoramic views of Singapore taken in the early 1870s can be attributed to the firm. And he sheds new light on the connection between two key Frenchmen: Gaston Dutronquoy, Singapore’s earliest advertised photographer, who also operated the London Hotel...
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Trans Asia Photography (2015) 6 (1)
Published: 01 October 2015
... of the British Empire in India, leaving behind an extensive record particularly of the British system of indirect rule through which Indian princely states maintained sovereignty over their territories. The collaboration leads to a fine investigation. The authors take their research agenda to multiple archives...
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Trans Asia Photography (2023) 13 (2)
Published: 01 November 2023
..., 1854–1947 . Berkeley : University of California Press , 1965 . Moser, Gabrielle . Projecting Citizenship: Photography and the British Empire . University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press , 2019 . Pelizzari, Maria Antonella , ed. Traces of India: Photography, Architecture...
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Trans Asia Photography (2022) 12 (2)
Published: 01 November 2022
...–27, 2018 . Ryan, James . Picturing Empire: Photography and Visualization of the British Empire . London : Reaktion Books , 1997 . Sahai, Yaduendra , and Ram Singh . Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur: The Photographer Prince . Jaipur : Dr. Durga Sahai Foundation , 1996...
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Trans Asia Photography (2018) 9 (1)
Published: 22 October 2018
... to address briefly the historical context in which they were published, particularly the history of India’s independence and The Times of India. Between the late nineteenth century and 1979, the country experienced sweeping social and political change. It transformed from a colony of the British Empire...
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Trans Asia Photography (2011) 1 (2)
Published: 01 May 2011
... Services, she photographed events leading to Independence. She captured the social and political life of a nation in transition, tracing both its triumphs and tribulations. Homai photographed the last days of the British Empire and the birth of a new nation; she shot key events that would have a decisive...
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Trans Asia Photography (2013) 4 (1)
Published: 01 November 2013
... surveillance and detection? How did Indians utilize the dominant conventions of portrait photography to fashion “a self” at variance with their status as subjects of the British Empire? An attention to the politics of representation (and counter-representations) has since informed not only studies...
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Trans Asia Photography (2016) 7 (1)
Published: 01 October 2016
... a watershed in the Indian and British historical imagination, for it radically transformed the political relationship between the two countries. Consequently, the newly instituted British monarchy attempted to justify the legitimacy of its empire through the creation of rebels, heroes, villains, and victims...
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Trans Asia Photography (2013) 4 (1)
Published: 01 November 2013
... the postcard images, but the geographic scope of their work stretched across the island, from Jaffna in the north to Galle in the south. Portraits, landscapes, cityscapes: All were dispersed as postcards throughout the British Empire and elsewhere. Specific dates are for the most part unknown...
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Trans Asia Photography (2010) 1 (1)
Published: 01 September 2010
... of History and Director, International Studies, University of Chicago Hevia’s research focuses on empire and imperialism in eastern and central Asia, primarily dealing with the British empire in India and southeast Asia and the Qing empire in China. His current research centers on how European empires...