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Author Pérez González, Carmen, 1969- author

Title Local portraiture : through the lens of 19th-century Iranian photographers / Carmen Pérez González
Published Leiden : Leiden University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (328 pages) : facsimiles, illustrations (some color), portraits (some color)
Series Iranian Studies Series
Contents Visual literacy : the relationship between the direction of writing and composition -- The written image : text and photography -- Pose, gesture and objects held by the sitter -- Arrangement of space -- Interactions between Western and Iranian photography
Summary Photography is clearly not a mirror of daily life: that images are constructions is especially obvious in19th-century studio portrait photography. This book explores how indigenous Iranian photographers constructed their own realities in contrast to how foreign photographers constructed Iranians' realities. Through an in-depth comparative visual analysis of 19th-century Iranian portrait photography and Persian painting, the author arrives at the insight that aesthetic preferences correlate with socio-cultural habits and practices in writing, reading and looking. Subsequently, she advocates for a place in a global history of photography for those unknown, local photo histories (such as the Iranian one) and for the indigenous photographers who produced them
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Subject Portrait photography -- Iran -- History -- 19th century.
Iran -- Biography -- Portraits.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400600771 (electronic bk.)
9789400600775 (electronic bk.)