Photography in Latin America: The case for another photography

Jorge Coronado*

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In the early 1830s, Hercule Florence, simultaneously with his famous European counterparts, invented a photographic process and even coined the term "photography" before anyone in Europe. This chapter considers the significance of the invention in order to argue for an understanding of photography that is intimately linked to the geopolitical and historical formation that we understand as Latin America. The invention of photography in Brazil and its subsequent rise as a widespread market practice across Latin America signal the depth of photography's imbrication in far-flung systems of trade and technical exchange, as historians of the technology in the region have documented. The implementation of sociological methodologies has also been the case in theorizations of consumption in Latin America, such as those carried out prominently by Nestor Garcia Canclini. Photography in the hands of those who own these images permits them to negotiate who they are and what they as subjects mean at any given moment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture, 2nd Edition
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781119692591
ISBN (Print)9781119692539
StatePublished - May 27 2022


  • Brazil
  • Hercule Florence
  • Latin America
  • Photography's imbrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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