Capital, império e fotografia: evidências dos álbuns fotográficos de empresas coloniais em Angola e Moçambique durante o scramble for Africa

Translated title of the contribution: Capital, empire and photography: evidence from the photo albums of colonial companies in Angola and Mozambique during the scramble for Africa

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Abstract

In the late 19th-early 20th century, Portugal entrusted the implementation of technological systems in its colonies in Angola and Mozambique to several private companies. These companies decided to preserve their activities through photography for posterity. In this article, I analyze four business albums from colonial firms, combining a semiotic methodology with concepts from the history of technology. I argue that photography, despite being advertised as an objective instrument to record reality, was extremely subjective, but that it took advantage of this alleged objectivity to create and strengthen myths, through the impact of its visuality. I also contribute to the debate on the importance of visual culture for colonial studies.

Translated title of the contributionCapital, empire and photography: evidence from the photo albums of colonial companies in Angola and Mozambique during the scramble for Africa
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1137-1157
Number of pages21
JournalHistoria, ciencias, saude--Manguinhos
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Fotografia
  • Engenharia
  • História da tecnologia
  • Colonialismo
  • Racismo

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