Photography and Anthropology. Christopher Pinney. Reaktion Books, London, pages, with 89 illustrations, 68 colour. Softcover. Buy Photography and Anthropology (Exposures) by Christopher Pinney (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. In Photography and Anthropology, Christopher Pinney presents a provocative and readable account of the strikingly parallel histories of the two disciplines.

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Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Description Photography and anthropology share strikingly parallel histories. Christopher Pinney’s provocative and eminently readable account provides a polemical narrative of anthropologists’ use of photography from the s to the present.

Walter Benjamin suggested that photography ‘make[s] the difference between technology and magic visible as a thoroughly historical variable,’ and Pinney here explores photography as a divinatory practice. Though viewed as modern and rational, this quality of photography in fact propelled anthropologists towards the ‘primitive’ lives of those they christoppher.


Early anthropology photographj photography as a physical record, whose authority and permanence promised an escape from the lack of certainty in speech. For later anthropologists, this same quality became grounds to critique an imaging practice that failed to capture movement and process.

But throughout these twists and turns, anthropology as a practice of ‘being there’ has found itself entwined in an intimate engagement with photography as metaphor for the collection of evidence. Photography and Anthropology reveals how anthropology provides the tools to re-imagine the power and magic of all photographic practices.

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It presents both a history of anthropology’s seduction by photography and the anthropological theory of photography. This thoroughly researched book draws upon an intimate knowledge of the history of anthropology, photography and the world’s major anthropological practitioners.

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Photography and Germany Andres Mario Zervigon. Photography and Sport Mike O’Mahony. Review quote ‘A masterful synthesis of his twenty years of explorations into the parallel histories of anthropology and photography, Chris Pinney’s intellectual archeologies of image, observation, and evidence are at once deeply historical, deeply contemporary, deeply critical, and deeply provocative.

anthropoolgy I can’t imagine a more vivid blow-up of how the photographic magic of realism mirrors and shadows the anthropological realism of magic. He is the author of Camera Indica: Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.