Five College Consortium

Book Salon with Amy Cox Hall on Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography and the Making of Machu Picchu

Wed, Apr 18 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Five College Women's Studies, Five Coll Women's Studies Seminar Room

Join us for a discussion of Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography and the Making of Machu Picchu (University of Texas Press) by Amy Cox Hall (Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College).

When Hiram Bingham, a historian from Yale University, first saw Machu Picchu in 1911, it was a ruin obscured by overgrowth whose terraces were farmed a by few families. A century later, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world heritage site visited by more than a million tourists annually. This remarkable transformation began with the photographs that accompanied Bingham’s article published in National Geographicmagazine, which depicted Machu Picchu as a lost city discovered. Focusing on the practices, technologies, and materializations of Bingham’s three expeditions to Peru (1911, 1912, 1914–1915), this book makes a convincing case that visualization, particularly through the camera, played a decisive role in positioning Machu Picchu as both a scientific discovery and a Peruvian heritage site. 
Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Free and open to the public
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nroubini@mtholyoke.edu