Confrontations, Crossings and Convergence
With nearly 100 photographs of the Philippines and the United States, this centennial reflection is the companion book to an exhibition on the complex relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines. Under American colonial rule, the photographs of the Philippines and its people were regarded as ocular templates of truth-scientific records of both the ideal and the stereotype. Yet these so-called 'black-and-white' evidence were always colored by the personal intentions or political ideology of the photographer/institution. Although often subjected to racial ridicule, it was not entirely a matter of surrender on the photographed subject's behalf. Over the years, picture-taking itself became an occasion of intervention; at other times, it was calculated embrace, a desirable collaboration, and an urgent negotiation.
UCLA Asian American Studies Center & The UCLA Southeast Asia Program, USA
Softcover / 8.5 x 8.75 inches / 96 pages / BW