Online Resources

This page gathers digital resources of two kinds.

A) Links to written or directed works on history, photography and anthropology resulting from this project.

B) External online resources useful for our research. It includes links to digital archives and repositories of digital collections on photography in the Portuguese colonial case, particularly about Angola, and inspiring photography projectsAs some of the resources are only in Portuguese, we signal it accordingly (PT).

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Published and Directed

Ponte I. 2021, “An Angolan vernacular-language fiction film as para-ethnographic film: nationalism and the evolving politics of film circulation and reception”, History and Anthropology. doi: 10.1080/02757206.2021.18810794 February [link to accepted manuscript].

Ponte, I. 2020, “An Openness to Experiment: Ruy Duarte de Carvalho’s Anthropological Field Photography in Rural Southern Angola and its Archival Reusages”Kronos: Southern African Histories, 46(1). DOI: 10.17159/2309-9585/2020/v46a11 

Ponte I. 2020,  Archives, Films and Memories: ingredients to remember and to forget the past, BUALA.

Ponte I. 2019, 50 anos no Sul de Angola, 8 min. (PT only)

Ponte I. 2019, Conhecer e Animar o Arquivo de Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, in Lança, Marta (ed.), Diálogos com Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, Lisboa: BUALA & CEC-FL-ULisboa. (PT only)

Article by I. Ponte
Essay by I. Ponte; photo by Bruno Castro

External Resources

Diamang Digital
Portugal-based digital archive
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Portugal-based digital collection
Africa through a lens
UK-based digital archive
Africa in the Photobook
Netherlands-based photography project
Memorias de africa
Portugal-based digital archive

Digital Archives

  • Africa through a lens: explores photographs spanning over 100 years of African history, namely within the Brithis colonial rule. An initiative of the UK National Archives.
  • African Activist Archive Project, an online archive of more than 10,000 items such as photographs, related to activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid and social injustice from the 1950s throughout the 1990s.
  • Arquivo Científico Tropical: the digital platform of the former IICT, the Portuguese state institution dedicated to tropical knowledge.
  • Colonial Press in Portuguese Language – Angola: digitised press, edited in Angola over colonial times, housed at the digital archive of the of PUCRS Research Centre in Communication Sciences NUPECC, Brazil (PT).
  • Diamang Digital: digitised documental, photographic and phonographic materials of the ex-Diamang, the Diamonds Company of Angola, operating in the Northeast region (PT).
  • IMPA: The International Mission Photography Archive offers historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The website is an initiative of the University of Southern California.
  • Memories from Africa and Asia: a dedicated bibliographic database, it also provides online access to digitised books related to the Portuguese colonial project (PT).
  • Overseas General Agency’s photographic fund. The National Archive of Torre do Tombo in Portugal, hosts a photographic fund created by the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1924, with images dated from 1928 to 1966. The fund includes photographs from Angola, such as from rural populations.  

Photography and Digital Collections

  • Images from the Portuguese colonies of Mozambique, Angola, Cape Vert, São Tomé, Guiné, Timor, Macau and India: General Agency of the Overseas Territories (Agência Geral do Ultramar) 1926-1966, National Archive of Tombo Tower (PT).
  • Postcards of Angola and photographs of indigenous people (1940s), available online from the photographic fund of Artur E. de Castro Soromenho (PT).
  • Photographs of indigenous people and landscapes of colonial Angola, a digital collection from the personal archive of Jaime de Morais (early XX century), housed at Casa Comum, Mário Soares Foundation (PT).
  • The African Studies Collection, a digital collection managed by the University of Florida’s Center of African Studies. It includes amongst other items a photography collection from early 1970s in Rwanda of wildlife photographer Bob Campbell. 
  • The AfroDigital Museum – Rio de Janeiro is a digital collection and platform hosting virtual exhibitions on the practices of those who identify themselves or are identified by others as afro-descendants.

Photography and Online Projects

  • Angola: Africa in the photobook: website housing photoalbums related to Africa, and African countries. 
  • AWA: la revue de la femme noire: a digitised version of one of the earliest independent African women’s magazines. Produced in Dakar, Senegal by a network of African women between 1964 and 1973.
  • Knowledge and Vision: website of a research project devoted to Photography within the Portuguese colonial archive and museum (1850-1950).
  • Photography section of the project Slaves’ Trade and Slavery initiated by the UNESCO in 1999 and fostered by the Brazilian National Library (pt).
  • [Re:]Entanglements: website of the project ‘Museum Affordances’ which is re-engaging with the ethnographic archive of colonial anthropologist Northcote W. Thomas.
  • Visualizing Portugal: The New State. Website where Portugal’s Estado Novo (1933-1974) is looked at through the historical visual record of the period. Fostered by Gulbenkian Foundation and MIT Visualizing Cultures.

Links related to the particular case studies addressed in this research are gathered in “sources”.