A1 Journal article (refereed)
Kolonialismin toiseus ja kamera : C. T. Erikssonin valokuvat ja Katangan kuparikenttien suomalaiset "pioneerit" 1901-1906 (2020)


Särkkä, T. (2020). Kolonialismin toiseus ja kamera : C. T. Erikssonin valokuvat ja Katangan kuparikenttien suomalaiset "pioneerit" 1901-1906. Historiallinen aikakauskirja, 118(4), 521-533.


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All authors or editors: Särkkä, Timo

Journal or series: Historiallinen aikakauskirja

ISSN: 0018-2362

eISSN: 2489-6969

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 118

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 521-533

Publisher: Suomen historiallinen seura ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

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Abstract

In recent studies, photography has become the site of analysis of and debate about how colonisers have used photographic practices to construct not merely individual selves, but radical and national histories. Using as a case study one particular photographer, Carl Theodor Esiksson (1874-1940), a Finnish-born 'pioneer-settler' who migrated to Rhodesia in the mid 1890s, this article analyses photographs attributed to Eriksson, featuring a collection of glass plates taken in the Copperbelt of North Western Rhodesia and adjoining Katanga between 1901 and 1906. It details what aspects of the colonising process Eriksson's photographs emphasise and how such process shapes the meanings of photographic images. The close reading of Eriksson's photographs shows the potential which a photograph has to drive forward an analysis, especially when it can be embedded in and supported by travel writing.


Keywords: colonialism; history; mining industry; military engineers; indigenous peoples; immigrants; Europeans; historical research; photographs; diaries; close reading

Free keywords: Eriksson, Carl Theodor (1874-1940); Kongo; Katanga


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Reporting Year: 2020

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