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Ethnographic Studies

January 17, 2013 by annie


These photographs are reminiscent of the ethnographic studies of the 19th century, when scholars were desperately trying to define race and armchair anthropologists created theories about groups of people from the images of a few. Later in the 20th century, the famed fashion photographer Irving Penn travelled to Greece, Peru, Spain, New Guinea, Morocco and other places to create his own ethnographic images. The collection of photos shown here, Multi-Ethnic Gallery, runs the risk of falling into stereotypical depictions (after all this type of work was meant to define those stereotypes). But the work is sufficiently self-aware of its history and avant garde enough to transcend the racial trappings of the medium.

Multi-Ethnic Gallery by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia

 

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