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Abstract:

The article considers different uses of photography in Mbouda, a small town in western Cameroon. The photographs taken by Jacques Tousselle have been archived under the auspices of a project funded by the British Library Endangered Archive Programme. Having a complete set of surviving negatives and prints enables us to gain a good idea of the range of images commissioned. We are using face recognition software to try and identify multiple images of individuals throughout the archive. Some additional work has been undertaken on the uses made of the prints by the clients. Examples are provided of different styles of display including one case in which captions have been added to prints on display on a living room wall, so the house and its photographs are a local archive.

Keywords: BAMILEKE; CAMEROON; JACQUES TOUSSELLE; MBOUDA; PHOTOGRAPHY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175145109X12804957025679

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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  • Photography & Culture is a refereed journal that is international in its scope and inter-disciplinary in its contributions. It aims to interrogate the contextual and historic breadth of photographic practice from a range of informed perspectives and to encourage new insights into the media through original and incisive writing.

    Photography & Culture publishes research papers, discursive critiques, and reviews. In doing so, it offers a leading platform for critical thinking on photography and as essential reading the world over for academics, curators and practitioners with a central and indeed tangential interest in the media.

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