Across the World with the Johnsons: Visual Culture and by Lamont Lindstrom

By Lamont Lindstrom

in the course of the interwar interval Osa and Martin Johnson turned well-known for his or her motion pictures that introduced unique and far away destinations to the yank cinema. earlier than the appearance of mass tourism and tv, their movies performed a huge half in delivering the capacity during which huge audiences within the US and past turned accustomed to far-off and 'wild' locations internationally. Taking the fame of the Johnsons as its case research, this publication investigates the effect of those new different types of visible tradition, exhibiting how they created their very own model of America's imperial drama. through representing themselves as benevolent figures engaged in keeping on movie the world's final wild areas and peoples, the Johnsons' motion pictures informed US audiences approximately their obvious future to rule, contributing considerably to the recognition of empire. Bringing jointly examine within the fields of movie and politics - together with gender and empire, old anthropology, images and visible reports - this e-book presents a accomplished overview of the Johnsons, their paintings and its effect. It considers the Johnsons as a star duo, their prestige as nationwide icons, how they promoted themselves and their expeditions, and the way their careers proficient American expansionism, hence delivering the 1st scholarly research of this notable couple and their vast output over approximately 3 a long time and throughout numerous continents.

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