The Keystone Tour of the World 400 series: stereographic images of Africa and American self-representation Public Deposited

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  • Halsband, Megan Claire
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • As significant objects of visual culture produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, stereographic images represent a great deal more than their selfstyled subjects. Stereographic images provided America a means of self-representation that functioned by constructing the rest of the world in varying degrees of otherness. Images of Africa, particularly from the numerous world tour series published by the Keystone View Company, provided a direct visual contrast in order to represent America as civilized, worldly and modern by comparison with primitive African people. These images were used as a tool for American self-imagination, for imagining the other of Africa and, rather than developing beyond historic representations of Africa, continued to fix Africa as a-historical and savage.
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