Borneo through the lens: A.C. Haddon's photographic collections, Sarawak 1898-99

Chiarelli, C and Guntarik, O 2013, 'Borneo through the lens: A.C. Haddon's photographic collections, Sarawak 1898-99', SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 438-464.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Borneo through the lens: A.C. Haddon's photographic collections, Sarawak 1898-99
Author(s) Chiarelli, C
Guntarik, O
Year 2013
Journal name SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 438
End page 464
Total pages 27
Publisher Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Abstract Early photographic and anthropological processes produced specific forms of colonial knowledge. Images of Borneo captured during the colonial period thus offer a snapshot of the emerging field of anthropology. British explorer A.C. Haddon played a role in shaping early anthropological theory, from his 1898 expedition in Torres Straits and Sarawak to the subsequent analysis of his findings upon his retum to Britain. During this time, the study of exotic people and places was the object of a new fonn of empiricism; the period also coincided with the circulation of a range of images of Asia. These images played a crucial part in constructing popular assumptions about colonized peoples and their social positions in the colonial hierarchy. Haddon's photographic collections were connected to a larger process of colonial knowledge production in which various images - including other photographs, early film footage, paintings and etchings - wrestled with competing representations of the region. His photographs of Sarawak convey the struggle in the emerging discipline of anthropology to distil objective "truths" while competing with the subjective experiences afforded by social relations with local communities.
Subject Globalisation and Culture
Keyword(s) A.C. Haddon
colonialism
photography
Sarawak
Borneo
anthropology
DOI - identifier 10.1355/sj28-3b
Copyright notice © ISEAS
ISSN 0217-9520
Versions
Version Filter Type
Altmetric details:
Access Statistics: 213 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 09 Dec 2013, 13:29:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us