Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures

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Marcy E. Schwartz, Mary Beth Tierney-Tello
UNM Press, 2006 - History - 286 pages
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Photography came to Latin America early in its technological development and has proven an essential tool for documenting the region's physical spaces and encounters among varied cultures. Numerous Europeans experimented with the new medium as they traveled throughout Latin America. This is the first book to document the extensive collaboration between writers and photographers in Latin America from the Mexican Revolution through the twentieth century.

Divided into four parts, the first section includes essays that review the varied roles of photography in the context of Latin American violence. Section two discusses how collaborative projects have redefined conceptions of urban space in Latin America, including the urban explosion in Mexico City. Section three explores the integration of photographic images in novels, essays, and various forms of prose. Section four offers exclusive interviews with participants in collaborative works including photographers Sara Facio and Sebastiao Salgado, as well as cultural critics Nelly Richard and Elena Poniatowska.

 

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Contents

Representing the Mexican Revolution
21
Idols Behind Altars Art Authorship
41
Narrative Imagining Susan Meiselas Documents
59
On Making Images Speak Writing and Photography
87
Writing Against the Citv
117
Recycled Photographs
139
Hidden Camera
193
Things Were Different Then Photographic and Narrative
209
From Brazil Abroad and Back Again
231
Literature and Photography Parallel Crafts
243
Among Friends Portraits of Writers
251
La Escena de Avanzada
259
General Bibliography
271
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Marcy E. Schwartz is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Schwartz is also the author of Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction and co-editor of Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature.

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello is chair and associate professor of Hispanic studies, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. Tierney-Tello is also the author of Allegories of Transgression and Transformation: Experimental Fiction by Women Writing Under Dictatorship.

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