The Indigenous Lens?: Early Photography in the Near and Middle East
The historiography of early photography has scarcely examinedIslamic countries in the Near and Middle East, although the newtechnique was adopted very quickly there by the 1840s. Whichregional, local, and global aspects can be made evident? What roledid autochthonous image and art traditions have, and which specificfunctions did photography meet since its introduction? Thiscollective volume deals with examples from Iran, the OttomanEmpire, and the Arab lands and with the question of localspecifics, or an "indigenous lens." The contributions broach theissues of regional histories of photography, local photographers,specific themes and practices, and historical collections in thesecountries. They offer, for the first time in book form, across-section through a developing field of the history ofphotography.