Holes: colonialism and negative space in modernist photography

Henning, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0003-3798-7227 (2018) Holes: colonialism and negative space in modernist photography. Wrong Wrong (12).

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Abstract

This paper takes as its starting point ideas about documentary which have emerged in contemporary art photography, as one context for reconsidering an earlier moment in photography. In particular I am concerned with the idea of «holes» as a strategy in documentary and in fashion photography. I look at early travel photographs taken by American fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe in the 1920s in the context of her Modernist interest in negative space. This interest had a very particular effect on the representation of colonial space and colonial subjects, and needs to be understood in relation to a modern, Western and feminine experience of travel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: negative space, photography, fashion photography, history of photography, colonialism, the gaze, modernism
Subjects: Media > Media history and theory
Media > Photography
Arts
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Depositing User: Michelle Henning
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 17:55
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 08:47
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4780

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