Photographs are often used to create historical accounts of Latin America. By examining the use of photographs, motion pictures, or the work of writers engaging photography, this panel considers different methodologies in the presentation of Latin American History.
The papers in this panel seek to examine different uses of photography and film in the interpretation of Latin American history. In their work, many photographers set out to create a unique account of the people and places in which they live. Writers and institutions also regularly rely upon photography and motion pictures in order to present a nuanced discussion of the past. Papers examine materials in Latin American photographic history that are now emerging as critical depictions of their place and time. This panel involves different methodological approaches including historiographic and theoretical analysis of how photography in Latin America has been presented; case studies of photographers working in Latin America; analyses of critical themes appearing in Latin American film or photography; and, together, we will consider the impact different types of photographic archives have upon interpreting Latin American histories.