Dr. Lamont Lindstrom has new book, "Across the World with the Johnsons"

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anthropology professor, Dr. Lamont Lindstrom, is co-author of a new book, "Across the World with the Johnsons: Visual Culture and American Empire in the Twentieth Century."

Dr. Lindstrom is co-author of "Across the World with the Johnsons: Visual Culture and American Empire in the Twentieth Century." This new book explores the life of Osa and Martin Johnson.  Below is an excerpt from the book's press release:

During the interwar period Osa and Martin Johnson became famous
for their films that brought exotic and far-off locations to the American
cinema. Before the advent of mass tourism and television, their
films played a major part in providing the means by which large
audiences in the US and beyond became familiar with distant and
‘wild’ places across the world. Taking the celebrity of the Johnsons as
its case study, this book investigates the influence of these new forms
of visual culture, showing how they created their own version of
America’s imperial drama. By representing themselves as benevolent
figures engaged in preserving on film the world’s last wild places
and peoples, the Johnsons’ films educated US audiences about their
apparent destiny to rule, contributing significantly to the popularity
of empire. 

Bringing together research in the fields of film and politics – including
gender and empire, historical anthropology, photography and
visual studies – this book provides a comprehensive evaluation of
the Johnsons, their work and its impact. It considers the Johnsons
as a celebrity duo, their status as national icons, how they
promoted themselves and their expeditions, and how their careers
informed American expansionism, thus providing the first scholarly
investigation of this remarkable couple and their extensive output
over nearly three decades and across several continents.  

Follow this link for the full press release: Across the World with the Johnsons Oct 2013

Dr. Lamont Lindstrom