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Portraits in the Andes: Photography and Agency, 1900-1950 (Pitt Illuminations) Paperback – April 12, 2018

Part of: Pitt Illuminations (20 Books)

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Editorial Reviews


“The question that drives Portraits in the Addes is the relation between the lettered city and photography and the ways in which Latin America’s lettered tradition distorts our ability to see Andean photographs. Thus, while indigenismo served as an early filter of Andean photography, indigenous photography was staking out a terrain in many ways inaccessible to and perhaps even invisible to the lettered city.”
—Silvia Spitta, Dartmouth College

“An extraordinary study of the practices, circulation, and collection of photography among indigenous and mestizo subjects in the southern Andes, Portraits in the Andes  breaks new ground in our understanding of visual regimes and their geopolitical inscription.  Coronado’s detailed investigation into the material life of images in the highlands furthers an alternative genealogy of Andean modernity in the expanded field of visual culture with striking effects for our understanding of the limits of lettered culture and the underside of intellectual history.”
—Julio Ramos, University of California, Berkeley

Portraits in the Andes asserts that photography, and photographic portraits in particular, offers an important source for understanding the agency of everyday people in the Andes to self-fashion their identity and relationship to modernity.”
Hispanic American Historical Review

About the Author

Jorge Coronado is Professor of Latin American literature at Northwestern University. His teaching centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literatures and cultures with a focus on the Andes.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0822965003
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822965008
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st Edition (April 12, 2018)
  • Language: : English