Bilder-Bilder. Koloniale Bildpraktiken und ihre postkolonialen Wiedergänger

Author(s): Löffler, Petra


Using the recent example of press photographs showing people from the South Pacific Island of Vanuatu together with photographs of Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, this paper examines the gift exchange between individuals and the global migration of photographs. It traces photography’s entanglement with colonialism and colonialist knowledge practices of anthropology or ethnography and explores resistant practices of their appropriation. By conceiving photographs with Ariella Azoulay as an event of photography and at the same time as a cargo power, the contribution reflects on (post)colonial epistemologies and positions itself towards concepts of a reciprocal anthropology that focuses on negotiations between different cultures, places, and times.

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Löffler, Petra: Bilder-Bilder. Koloniale Bildpraktiken und ihre postkolonialen Wiedergänger. In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Jg. 13 (2021), Nr. 2, S. 116-127. DOI:
 author = {Löffler, Petra},
 title = {Bilder-Bilder. Koloniale Bildpraktiken und ihre postkolonialen Wiedergänger},
 year = 2021,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 13,
 address = {Bielefeld},
 journal = {Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft},
 number = 2,
 pages = {116--127},
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