This edited volume considers the many ways in which landscape (seen and unseen) is fundamental to placemaking, colonial settlement, and identity formation. Collectively, the book’s authors map a constellation of interlocking photographic histories and survey practices, decentering Europe as the origin of camera-based surveillance. The volume charts a conversation across continents - connecting Europe, Africa, the Arab World, Asia, and the Americas. It does not segregate places, histories, and traditions but rather puts them in dialogue with one another, establishing solidarity across ever-shifting national, linguistic, racial, religious, and ethnic. Refusing the neat organization of survey photographs into national or imperial narratives, these essays celebrate the messy, cross-cultural reverberations of landscape over the past 170 years. Considering the visual, social, and historical networks in which these images circulate, this anthology connects the many entangled and political histories of photography in order to reframe survey practices and the multidimensionality of landscape as an international phenomenon. This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, history of photography, and landscape history.

chapter 1|14 pages


Survey Practices Across the Globe

part 1|72 pages

Landscape, Heritage, and the Colonization of Space

chapter 2|25 pages

The Great Game

The Making of Dunhuang as "Heritage" Site in Photography (1900–1945)

chapter 3|22 pages

Historical Topographies

Thomas Johnson Westropp, Antiquarianism, and Cultural Identity

chapter 4|19 pages

Surveying in the Dutch Colonial Archive

Reproduction, Authorship, and Postcolonial Ownership

chapter 5|4 pages

Sammy Baloji

Extractive Landscapes

part 2|67 pages

Border Control

part 3|73 pages


chapter 10|21 pages

A Land's Desire

History, Landscape, and Photography in Ottoman Palestine

chapter 11|18 pages

Collective Memory and Landscape

The K.F. Wong Collection in the National Archives of Singapore

part 4|26 pages

Sites of Excavation

chapter 12|20 pages

"Close Your Eyes and Imagine a German"

The Alps as a Postmemorial Landscape of Black Europe in Maud Sulter's Photomontages

part 5|50 pages

Practices of Resistance

chapter 14|23 pages

The Surveyor's Gaze

Reconsidering Nineteenth-Century Modalities in Ottoman Visuality

chapter 16|3 pages


chapter 17|3 pages

Epilogue: Land/s