Thank God for the camera, for the testimony of the light itself, which no mere man can contradict
March 20, 2004 3:55 AM Subscribe
The Kodak vs. the King
of the the Belgian Congo (aka the Congo Free State) from it's heyday under the personal rule of the very evil King Leopold
. The contrast between the photographs used by Leopolds apologists
and those used by his enemies
(lead by the remorseless E.D. Morel
) is probably unsurprising but interesting as evidence of perhaps the first propaganda war to be dominated by photography. Also, the first genocidal atrocity to be, very partially, documented photographically.
The kodak has been a sore calamity to us. The most powerful enemy that has confronted us, indeed.... Every Yankee missionary and every interrupted trader sent home and got one; and now -- oh, well, the pictures get sneaked around everywhere, in spite of all we can do to ferret them out and suppress them.
Mark Twain, King Leopold's Soliloquy
(most links go to the excellent boondocksnet
site which takes as its starting point Mark Twain and his anti-imperialist campaigns and branches out most impressively from there)
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