Mining Photography: The Oficina Alianza and Port of Iquique 1889


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Purbrick, Louise (2017) Mining Photography: The Oficina Alianza and Port of Iquique 1889 Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, XXXIX (110). pp. 247-274. ISSN 0185-1276

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In 1899, Mr Smail, the representative in Chile of the British merchant Company Antony Gibbs and Sons sent an album of photographs titled Oficina Alianza and Port of Iquique 1899 to the head of the firm, Henry Hucks Gibbs. This article offers an analysis of the photographic imagery of the album, in particular the use of conventions of industrial topography to represent Chilean nitrate mining and the depiction of the laboring bodies of nitrate miners. It also considers the function of the photographic album within the nitrate trade, its place in the circulation of the nitrate traffic between Britain and Chile.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chile; mining; nitrate; Industrial photography
Subjects: V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V350 History of art
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.22201/iie.18703062e.2017.1.2595
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 03:01
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 08:01

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