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ISSUE 39 : Museumizing Imagination
Photography as Ethnographic Method: The Anthropological Photographic Archives in Japanese Colonial Taiwan, 1
November 30th, 2018Type: Image
Author: 陳偉智 Editor: Rikey Tenn
Quote From: 《現代美術學報》No.33
Note: In the beginning of the Japanese colonial rule, Taiwanese aborigines soon became targets of the 'savage administration' of the colonial government. They also were objects in the construction of the anthropological knowledge. In the unfolding of colonial governance and knowledge construction, the production of photographic images of Taiwanese aborigines developed as well. The formation of photographic archives of Taiwanese aborigines was part of official ethnography of the 'savage administration' as well as the use of photograph as a modern ethnological method. Anthropological photographic experiences during this period were both records of documentary photography of aboriginal governance and of representation of constructing ethnic-type categories. Drawing on ethnographic photos taken by the 'savage administration' and anthropologists, this article discusses official documentary photography and type photographs. It also analyzes field experiences of anthropologists, the production processes of photographic archives, and the reaction of the photographed.
圖2:臺灣生蕃。左為《東京人類學會雜誌》中的素描,右為收藏在臺灣大學圖書館特藏組《伊能嘉矩手稿》檔案的照片。出處:伊能嘉矩,〈大嵙崁(Toa ko kan)地方に於ける生蕃〉及伊能嘉矩,《寫真帳 第五冊》,臺大圖書館《伊能嘉矩手稿》,J127-05-21