Release Date: July 1st 1999
From Library Journal
Neither canonizing narrative history nor simplistic promotion, this hefty tome rightly takes the name anthology to describe its scattered but brilliant content. The 500 pictures--many of them never-before-seen revelations--date from the 1860s to the present and represent more than 160 photographers. Not the final word on the subject but a stunning first exposure.
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Since photography was invented in Europe and quickly adopted in the United States, it is customary to think of it as primarily a Western activity. This is true enough for most colonial photography, in which adventuresome travelers typically enlisted non-Europeans as their exotic subjects. This book, however, demonstrates that -- at least in Africa -- the camera blossomed in the hands of indigenous photographers as colonialism waned. Filled with fascinating images from the realms of commercial studio portraiture, photojournalism and fine art, and ranging chronologically from the turn of the century to the present, ''Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography'' is a treasure chest of information and visual material not found in any current history of photography -- and virtually unknown in the United States. What makes it especially interesting is the quality of independent invention of much of the work... -- New York Times Book Review - one of Andy Grundberg's top books from 1999