PORTRAITS OF PRAGA. ON THE ETHNOGRAPHIC QUALITIES OF CERTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS (Praskie portrety. O etnograficznosci pewnych fotografii)
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The transposition of certain aspects of culture calls for the application of such measures of expression, which possess the power to evoke and reflect a certain ambiguity. The photograph, conceived as a record of culture, is precisely such an instrument, which makes their exploration possible. By acting in this way, it constitutes an interesting source for the anthropologist. The authoress describes photographs by Zelda Klimkowska and Jacek Sielski, whose selection was published in the album 'Praga. Prawa strona Warszawy' (Praga. The Right Bank of Warsaw) as well as works by Krzysztof Mich in the album 'Moje miasto Praga' (My Town of Praga). On the one hand, she tries to solve a question about the essence of the anthropological dimension of the described photographs, while on the other hand she attempts to record the selected narrations to which the analysed photographs refer. These narrations make it possible to examine the world of the described protagonists. Anthropology, whose very core is 'anthropos', is by no means compelled to deal with man as such, a representative of a community or a group. Why can the anthropologist not focus on a person and his unique history? This is the task attempted by the authoress. The recorded histories comprise a certain retrospection and reflection.
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