PRIMITIVE CHEESECAKE

When anthropologists, ethnographers and amateur explorers wandered through the new lands aquired by imperial empires in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, they often lugged photographic equipment with them to document their new subjects. We could go on about eugenics and race and colonialism, but this brief photo essay illustrates one aspect I found curious — their penchant for posing their subjects in accordance with conventions found in Western art.