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ISSUE 39 : Museumizing Imagination
Photography as Ethnographic Method: The Anthropological Photographic Archives in Japanese Colonial Taiwan, 2
December 4th, 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5:1898年蕃情研究會展示的〈臺灣島蕃族〉影像。 出處:〈臺灣島蕃族〉,《蕃情研究會誌》1,1898
圖6:森丑之助〈臺灣蕃人的種族〉類型照。 出處:森丑之助,《臺灣蕃族志 第一卷》,(臺北:南天書局,2008(1917)),扉頁圖版