The Tradition of the Picturesque in Mexico, 1840-1925: Lithographs-Photographs-Stereographs-Film

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 1446000 SEK


The proposed project constitutes an interdisciplinary study of the tradition of the picturesque in Mexico from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, drawing on photography, film, and the visual arts. Research privileges the tradition of the nineteenth-century topographical view, and relates representations of Mexico by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European and North American travellers to the emerging discipline of archaeology at the turn of the century and the circulation of touristic views by North American visitors. In this respect, the project is characterised as an intercultural study of the reception of the picturesque in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Mexico. The project also characterises the representation of cultural heritage in Mexico with regard to three distinct groups: European and North American antiquarian investigators in the mid- and late nineteenth century, the development of a more institutionalised archaeological discourse in scientific circles in Mexico, Europe, and North America at the turn of the century, and the popular dissemination of these discourses, in the context of the tradition of the picturesque, in film and popular visual culture during the early twentieth century. The outcome of the project will be a book, the first English-language study of nineteenth-century photography and early actuality film in Mexico and their relation to the tradition of the picturesque.

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