Photographic subjects

Monarchy and visual culture in colonial Indonesia

By Susie Protschky

Photographic subjects


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2437-1
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2019
  • BIC Category: Art History, PHOTOGRAPHY / History, HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, Indonesia, The arts / Photography & photographs, Colonial Art, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Photographic subjects examines photography at royal celebrations during the reign of Queens Wilhelmina (1898-1948) and Juliana (1948-80), a period spanning the zenith and fall of Dutch rule in Indonesia. It is the first monograph in English on the Dutch monarchy and the Netherlands' modern empire in the age of mass and amateur photography. Photographs forged imperial networks, negotiated relations of recognition and subjecthood between Indonesians and Dutch authorities, and informed cultural modes of citizenship at a time of accelerated colonial expansion and major social change in the East Indies/Indonesia. This book advances methods in the uses of photographs for social and cultural history, reveals the entanglement of Dutch and Indonesian histories in the twentieth century, and provides a new interpretation of Queens Wilhelmina and Juliana as imperial monarchs.


Susie Protschky is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


1 The image of the monarch who stayed home
2 Snapshot diplomacy: Photographic gifts from indigenous royals
3 Monarchism, amateur photography and colonial citizenship
4 Visual appeal: Photographs for the queen from colonial commoners
5 Oversight: Unity in diversity at royal celebrations
6 Lights, camera and . 'ethical' colonial rule
7 Monarchy, photography and the end of empire

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