Ainu Representation and Gender in Japanese Photography

  • Date: November 9, 2022
  • Categories: Digital HumanitiesSpeaking

Join Christina Spiker for a look at an album of photographs depicting Ainu culture and society purchased by Charles Appleton Longfellow during his travels in Japan in the 1870s. Spiker focuses on photographic depictions of women to demonstrate how gender figures into representations of Indigenous culture that met the expectations of western travelers rather than the values of the Ainu community itself. In doing so, she demonstrates how the act of photography is always a negotiation between the photographer, the sitter, and the audience.



Spiker, Christina. “Ainu Representation and Gender in Japanese Photography.” In Behind the Camera 1.0: Gender, Power, and Politics in the History of Japanese Photography, edited by Carrie Cushman and Kelly McCormick. 2021.