Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 366p., photos, facsimiles, tables, bibl., wrps. New. Item #81182
At the beginning of 1868, the German volcanologists Alphons Stübel and Wilhelm Reiss arrived on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, the first station of their stay in South America, which lasted until 1877. During the trip, they bought thousands of photographs, mainly of cities, landscapes and “popular types”. These images constitute the most important collection of photographs of South America from the mid-nineteenth century. In this pioneering study, historians Sven Schuster and Jessica Alejandra Neva Oviedo present the Stübel and Reiss collections together for the first time and focus on photographs from Colombia. From this, the reader will learn about how German travelers used photography in their scientific work and to document their trip through the United States of Colombia and, in addition, You will see who the commissioned photographers were, how they worked and what their professional networks were. In this sense, the purpose of Colombia. A photographic journey is to return the images to the context in which they were taken, and for this reason it includes not only 160 high-quality photographs, but also drawings, lithographs, maps and paintings. Thus, this is constituted as a fundamental work for the study of the visual culture of the Colombian 19th century.