Distance and Desire.
Encounters with the African Archive: African Photography from The Walther Collection.
Edited by Tamar Garb.
Steidl/The Walther Collection,
352 pp., 215 color illustrations, 9½x12½".
Distance and Desire is the first major publication to stage a dialogue between the ethnographic visions of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century African photography and engagements with the archive by contemporary artists. Presenting an extraordinary range of portraits, cartes de visite, postcards and album pages from Southern and Eastern Africa, as well as recent photography and video art, the catalogue includes orginal thematic essays by leading art historians, anthropologists and cultural critics.