Ethiopia Photographed: Historic Photographs of the Country and its People Taken Between 1867 and 1935

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Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Social Science - 256 pages

Following the very successful Ethiopia Engraved, an illustrated book of engravings by foreign travellers from 1681 to 1900, Ethiopia Photographed covers the period from the inception of photography in the country up to the Italian Fascist invasion in 1936. The people, terrain, buildings and rulers of Ethiopia - such as Emperor Melenik, Lej Iyasu and Emperor Haile Selassie - make it a highly photogenic country, as this lavishly illustrated book reveals.

Situated in lofty, often inaccessible mountains between the Red Sea and the Blue Nile, and extending far into the Horn of Africa, it is a complex and mysterious country which as always exercised an extraordinary fascination for the outside world. The book begins with an introduction which gives a brief history of Ethiopia in this period, and describes the role of photography at this time. The richly captured images of Ethiopia Photographed bear witness to many personalities and places not previously seen and, in many cases, now lost for all time but for the photogenic memories recorded here.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
THE COMING OF PHOTOGRAPHY
19
I HISTORIC PERSONALITIES
37
NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST
83
THE NEW FLOWER
94
TRADITION AND DIVERSITY
106
V INNOVATION AND MODERNISATION
139
VI PREPARING TO RESIST THE IMPENDING INVASION
157
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Richard Pankhurst who has lived in Ethiopia for over thirty years, is Professor at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa. His most recent books include "A History of Ethiopian Towns from the Middle Ages to the Early Nineteenth Century" (1982) and "A Social History of Ethiopia" (1990), and "History of the Ethiopian Borderlands: Essays in Regional History" (1997).

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