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[2016/10/27] ISA International Guest Lecture in Cooperation with IFK: Britta Lange - Anthropological Registration: Photographic Techniques during the First World War

 

ISA-Einladung

Britta Lange (Berlin, Germany): "Anthropological Registration: Photographic Techniques during the First World War"

Thursday, 27. October 2016, 4pm

ÖAW, Institut für Sozialanthropologie
A-1030 Wien, Apostelgasse 23

 

This lecture will elaborate Rudolf Pöch’s photographic practices applied during his anthropological
investigations in Austrian and German prisoner of war camps during the First World War. He and
his assistant Josef Weninger not only systematically took pictures of the prisoners they measured –
among them colonial soldiers from the “Half Moon Camp” near Berlin. But also they modified and
optimized their photographic system in terms of techniques and procedures introducing a
standardized system and a third obligatory photograph – which was still used in World War II and
the post-War era. Extending the perspective beyond the camps which served as an experimental field
for the photographic registration, this lecture will tackle the first attempts of mass passport
photography during the First World War – of forced laborers and people in the “occupied territories”.
It seeks to trace in how closely “otherness”, inferiority or adverseness, and registration photography
were linked.