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Book co-edited by Martha Anderson, Alfred University emeritus professor, reviewed

Alfred University | 7/12/18

Alfred University emeritus professor of art history Martha Anderson was co-editor of a book about photographer J.A. Green which was recently reviewed in a pair of publications.

ALFRED, NY – Alfred University emeritus professor of art history Martha Anderson was co-editor of a book about photographer J.A. Green which was recently reviewed in a pair of publications.

The book, African Photographer J.A. Green: Reimagining the Indigenous and Colonial, was edited by Anderson and Lisa Aronson, emeritus professor of art history at Skidmore College, and published in 2017 by Indiana University Press.

The book studies the pioneering role of Jonathan Adagogo Green’s photographic work. Green was born in 1873 and died at age 32 in 1905. During his brief professional career, he became one of the most prolific and accomplished indigenous photographers to be active in West Africa. The book celebrates Green's photographs and opens a new chapter in the early photographic history of Africa.

Anderson’s and Aronson’s book earned a favorable review in the Journal of Folklore Research, written by Robert Cochran (University of Arkansas) and posted June 28.

“Editors Martha Anderson and Lisa Aronson highlight Green’s professional agility in their subtitle, pointing out that the images clearly deployed in the service of colonialist ends were often mistaken for the work of a European photographer,” Cochran writes. “In addition to their editorial labors, they are also responsible for the heavy lifting of the volume’s writing and thinking; each contributes three chapters (discounting their shared “Introduction”), with their total of six making up the study’s descriptive and analytic center.”

The book also earned a review in the magazine, Art in America.