Navajo and Photography: A Critical History of the Representation of An American People

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Author: Faris, James C

Year: 1996

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Place: Albuquerque


xv+392 pages with figures, illustrations, appendix, bibliography and index. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/4") issued in black cloth with silver lettering to spine. 1st edition.

This thorough critical examination of photographic practices calls attention to the inability of most photography to communicate the lived experiences of native people or their history. Faris's survey, beginning with the earliest photographs of Navajos in captivity at the Bosque Redondo and including the most recent glossy picture books and calendars, points up the western assumptions that have always governed photographic representation of Navajo people. drawn on exhaustive archival research to unearth rarely published photographs as well as unpublished photographs by well-known photographers, Faris documents Navajo resistance to the West's view (and viewfinder) and persistent attempts to overcome or dismiss such resistance. He challenges the photographic history of the Navajo people as presented by photographers, historians, and anthropologists and explores the social and legal conditions that make such photography possible. Confronting many readers' nostalgic expectations, this work will appeal to all those with an interest in the juxtaposition of cultures.


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