Memories of a blue nile home: The photographic moment and multimedia linkage

Aston, J. and James, W. (2012) Memories of a blue nile home: The photographic moment and multimedia linkage. In: Vokes, R., ed. (2012) Photography in Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives. Woodbridge, Suffolk. Rochester, New York.: James Currey, Boydell and Brewer Inc., pp. 104-123. ISBN 971847010452

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This chapter is based on an ongoing collaboration between the authors. We first explore the role of photographs within what became a long-term, though intermittent, anthropological engagement by Wendy James in the turbulent regions of the Sudan/Ethiopian borderlands, especially with the Uduk-speaking people. Although only touching occasionally on photographs taken by local people, our case study offers what we believe to be a usefully different picture of the social relations of photography carried out in Africa from that of the classic ethnographic encounter. Moreover we argue that a creative use of today’s digital technology, as being developed by Judith Aston, is opening up fresh possibilities for the circulation and exchange of pictures, old and new, between the original ethnographer and various members of the original studied community, both ‘at home’ and in various parts of what became their diaspora.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:photography, multimedia linkage, ethnography, authored pathways, spatial montage, database narrative
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:17290
Deposited By: Dr J. Aston
Deposited On:19 Sep 2012 16:01
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:07

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