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    Geographical exploration and the moving image: the Hamilton Rice Expedition to the Amazon, 1924-25

    Martins, Luciana (2010) Geographical exploration and the moving image: the Hamilton Rice Expedition to the Amazon, 1924-25. In: Meadows School’s Comini Art History Lecture Series, 2010, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA. (Unpublished)

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    Event synopsis: Dr. Martins’ topic is part of the forthcoming book Tropical Light: Documentary Film and Photography in the Making of Modern Brazil, which investigates the Brazilian “image world” from the late nineteenth century to the first three decades of the twentieth century. Dr. Martins will examine the visual record made in the course of Alexander Hamilton Rice’s seventh expedition to the Amazon in 1924-5. Two documentary films on the expedition were produced, based on footage by Silvino Santos, the Portuguese filmmaker who settled in the Amazon: Explorations in the Amazons Basin, intended for an American audience, and No rastro do Eldorado, shown in Brazil. The lecture investigates the contrasting visions at work in these films. In the first, the Amazon is displayed as a vast region ripe for exploration and exploitation; in the second, Hamilton Rice is portrayed as a defeated explorer engulfed by the forest, which is itself active and powerful. This collection of images, in their interplay between what was made visible and what was left on the margins, highlights the constructed nature of the Brazilian image-world in an era of modernization.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS), Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 14:41
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:35


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