Paths of Dignity : Visual Representations of Colonial Africa, Paris Until 28.05.14

Photographers from the imperial era have left abundant images that give access to colonial history as it was lived and forged by European settlers and African people.

Image courtesy of Jean-Philippe Dedieu's private collection

Image courtesy of Jean-Philippe Dedieu’s private collection

Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po Paris, Dr. Jean-Philippe Dedieu has built one of the most important French private collections of photographs from this period which we are happy to exhibit a selection of. In his New York Times article “Toward Visual Paths of Dignity”, he illustrates how stereotypes constructed in the imperial age continue to shape contemporary Western views.

Image courtesy of Jean-Philippe Dedieu's private collection

Image courtesy of Jean-Philippe Dedieu’s private collection

Opening conference with Dr. Jean-Philippe Dedieu 17th of April 5 to 6:30 pm in the ‘kiosque’ on the ground floor of the Library 27 rue Saint Guillaume.

Photo credit : Reginald Silk. The Alake of Abeokuta seated on his throne, Nigeria, ca. 1930s (Collection Jean-Philippe Dedieu)

http://www.sciencespo.fr/bibliotheque/en/node/2987

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  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Holly

    I went to see this exhibition in Paris last week. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The “exhibition” is very small. There are only a few photos displayed in a cabinet in SciencePo. I found the NYTimes article had more photos and was more informative.

    • Reply May 12, 2014

      Johny Pitts

      Sorry to hear that Holly, thank you for letting us know…

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