Mike Robinson, one of the editors of The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists and Photography spoke on Radio 4’s January 13 episode of Thinking Allowed. You can listen again via the BBC website.
The book asks why tourists take photos of certain things and not of others? Why do tourists take photos at all? How do photos build places, how do they change and shape lives? An interdisciplinary team of contributors from across the globe explore such questions as they examine the relationships between photography and tourism and tourists.
‘Given the ubiquity of tourist photography, it is surprising that so little scholarly attention has been dedicated to this subject. The Framed World fills the gap. Like tourism itself, this volume travels the globe, with cases ranging from Taiwan and New Mexico to Greece and Indonesia, and spans the entire history of photography. A most welcome addition to the “new tourist studies”, thanks to the volume’s attention to photography as a social practice.’
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, author of Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage
‘Ranging from the methodological to the historical, via the anthropological and philosophical, this volume presents cross-disciplinary approaches with which to read off the many layers in the palimpsest of each tourist site considered. It presents a strong analysis of the particularly neglected area of tourists’ photographs, and the photography of tourism.’
Marcus Banks, University of Oxford, UK
‘The book consists of 14 essays intertwining a number of disciplines, from the most obvious ones of tourism studies and photography (both professional and amateur image-making), to anthropology, history, psychology, cultural studies, and even theology and music. It is the richness of the dialogue between these, combined with the ubiquity of the practices described, that makes the publication intriguing and accessible.’
The Times Higher Education