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The Anthropological LensRethinking E. E. Evans-Pritchard$
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Christopher Morton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812913.001.0001

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Double alienation

Double alienation

Fieldwork and photography between two worlds

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The Anthropological Lens

Christopher Morton

Oxford University Press

The starting point for this chapter is the observation that the photographs that Evans-Pritchard took of the Azande are quite different in nature from those he took of the Nuer. This opens up a complex area of photographic investigation. Why should they be so different, given that they were taken by the same fieldworker, and at a similar time? The argument put forward is that Evans-Pritchard’s fieldwork photography is marked by differently patterned indigenous responses to the camera. The chapter argues that such differences as exist boil down to very different historical and cultural relations to outside influences within Zande and Nuer society in the early 1930s, and that this is inscribed within the archival record, played out in modes of self-presentation to Evans-Pritchard’s camera.

Keywords:   Agency, Zande people, Nuer people, portraiture, object photography

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