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Author Coronado, Jorge, author

Title Portraits in the Andes : photography and agency, 1900-1950 / Jorge Coronado
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 232 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Illuminations: cultural formations of the Americas series
Illuminations (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Contents Practice : photography in the Southern Andes, 1900-1950 -- Photographs and lettered culture : visual and literary practices in Latin America and the Andes -- Portrait -- Consumption -- Agency -- The archive dispersed
Summary Portraits in the Andes examines indigenous and mestizo self-representation through the medium of photography from the early to mid twentieth century. As Jorge Coronado reveals, these images offer a powerful counterpoint to the often-slanted, predominant view of indigenismo produced by the intellectual elite. Photography offered an inexpensive and readily available technology for producing portraits and other images that allowed lower- and middle-class racialized subjects to create their own distinct rhetoric and vision of their culture. The powerful identity-marking vehicle that photography provided to the masses has been overlooked in much of Latin American cultural studies--which have focused primarily on the elite's visual arts. Coronado's study offers close readings of Andean photographic archives from the early- to mid-twentieth century, to show the development of a consumer culture and the agency of marginalized groups in creating a visual document of their personal interpretations of modernity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 24, 2018)
Subject Portrait photography -- Andes -- History.
Andes -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822982994 (electronic bk.)
9780822982999 (electronic bk.)