chapter  3
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‘I Know These Streets’: Photographs, Affective Environments, and the Display of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

The contribution of polar explorers to a broad visual culture was greatly accelerated by the development of photography. Conversely photography afforded polar exploration a new visibility. This chapter considers the use of photography in relation to the presentation of indigenous people. It also considers the afterlife of specific images as they are used in museum spaces. The discussion of the South Pole photograph illustrates how an iconographic photograph within the expedition genre continues to be both an important element in the narrative of a successful polar history and a source of new developments within the Norwegian national narrative. The photographs create a context and convenient frames of reference, and key tropes for the collective memory that is embodied within them and their institutional use museums. The polar photographs are used as if they were neutral, unmediated and truthful photographic evidence of expedition life.