Portrait Obsession: Reproducing Gypsy Identity through Photographs
Abstract:This article examines the importance Gypsies attribute to photographic images of themselves, suggesting that such images play a crucial role in the reproduction and questioning of their identity. Based on empirical evidence collected among Gypsy communities in the Lisbon urban area, the article tests its main hypothesis through a detailed analysis of two key dimensions: the photographic session as an intense interactive situation and the content of the photographic images. An analytical reflection concludes that the Gypsy photography phenomenon might be understood as a kind of ritual.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2009