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Rethinking the histories of photography
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Chapter 1 critically frames the book to consider how the camera functions to fragment and transform the world. In this way, specific historical moments are made up of events and the relations between them to constitute what deep-rooted cultural forces can be evident in the image. The photographic moment is specific to a particular situation and environment, but at the same time, it retains the subjectivity of the singular perspective, of its own individual creativity. By this singularity and specificity can help determine how the image in Egypt is understood because the relationship between being specific and singular deploys necessary postcolonial concepts to decolonize the history of photography. This chapter aims to build a premise based in photographic criticism and decoloniality theory in order to form a critical lens to project onto this visual heritage. The local photographic archive was informed by the mediation of modernity and this chapter goes on to look into the patina of colonialism in Egypt.

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Decolonizing images

A new history of photographic cultures in Egypt

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