New Lines of Sight: Perspectives on Women and Photography in Africa

Darren Newbury, Lorena Rizzo, Kylie Thomas

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This introductory chapter draws attention to the rich but under-explored history of women and photography in Africa. The authors argue that a focus on women’s photographic practices across Africa deepens understandings of the medium by expanding notions of photographic production and curation and opening a dialogue with gendered photographic pasts. The authors show that attention to gender is critical for a revised understanding of photography as an aesthetic and social practice and shifts attention from the critique of dominant images of African women to the multifaceted nature of women’s photographic practices in Africa. The collection opens new lines of enquiry and new modes of revealing African photographic histories, locating the medium at the complex intersections of gender, class, race and sexuality across multiple times and spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen and Photography in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationCreative Practices and Feminist Challenges
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781000185874
ISBN (Print)9781003087410
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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