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Adjusting the Lens

Adjusting the Lens

Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage

Edited by Sigrid Lien and Hilde Wallem Nielssen

Published by: UBC Press

322 pages, 165.00 x 241.00 x 0.00 mm, 67 b&w photos

  • ISBN: 9780774866613
  • Published: November 2021


Adjusting the Lens explores the role of photography in contemporary renegotiations of the past and in Indigenous art activism. Through moving and powerful case studies, contributors analyze photographic practices and heritage related to Indigenous communities in Canada, Australia, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United States. In the process, they call attention to how Indigenous people are using old photographs in new ways to empower themselves, revitalize community identity, and decolonize the colonial record.

The original research presented in Adjusting the Lens offers a transnational perspective on this emerging field in Indigenous photography studies. It is an exciting collection that challenges old ways of thinking and meaningfully advances the crucially important project of reclamation.