“Yet the fact that the Indian and his surroundings lend themselves to artistic treatment has not been lost sight of, for in his country one may treat limitless subjects of an aesthetic character without in any way doing injustice to scientific accuracy or neglecting the homelier phases of aboriginal life.” (p xxiii)
“… when asked to document what they like and dislike in their community, the participants mainly chose to photograph and comment on positive aspects of their lives. The relational nature of the annotated photographs and the editorial choices of the participants highlights the responsibility of both mass media and academic literature to balance their reporting with young people’s input.” (p 254)
The act of photography exposes the photographer to the subject, inasmuch as the subject is exposed to the photographer. This mutual exposure creates an opportunity for engagement. The act of photography provides for a dialogue between the subject and an imagined audience, with the photographer as intermediary.
These are excerpts from a “model letter” given in an English language textbook in 1890. Morley, Alberta, was the home of the so-called “MacDougall Orphanage and Residential School” which was an Indian residential school from around 1875 until 1910.