Get this from a library refracted visions popular photography and national modernity in java karen strassler an illustrated study of the ways in which photography and visual culture have influenced people in java to see themselves as indonesians. In refracted visions karen strassler argues that popular photographic practices such as these have played a crucial role in the making of modern national subjects in postcolonial java contending that photographic genres cultivate distinctive ways of seeing and positioning oneself and others within the affective ideological and temporal . Refracted visions is a substantial and well researched study of contemporary popular photography in indonesia a result of anthropologist karen strasslers extensive fieldwork in java since the mid 1990s which covers a period when analog photography was still dominant while the book provides adequate historical background into the consolidation of popular photography since the colonial era . Karen strasslers first book refracted visions popular photography and national modernity in java traces the history of popular practices and aesthetics of photography in java spanning the late colonial era to the present upon further reveal however the book is much more ambitious and political in its intention refracted visions is about the cultivation of visual technological and . Refracted visions is an innovative and inspiring book because it demonstrates eloquently how people in urban java started to participate in national modernity through photography this highly original and well written book with no fewer than 127 telling illustrations is a landmark in the anthropology of visuality
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