Entwined histories: Photography and tourism on the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2009). Entwined histories: Photography and tourism on the Great Barrier Reef. In Mike Robinson and David Picard (Ed.), The framed world: Tourism, tourists and photography (pp. 185-197) Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

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Author Pocock, Celmara
Title of chapter Entwined histories: Photography and tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
Title of book The framed world: Tourism, tourists and photography
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, UK
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series New Directions in Tourism Analysis
ISBN 9780754673682
0754673685
Editor Mike Robinson
David Picard
Chapter number 10
Start page 185
End page 197
Total pages 12
Total chapters 14
Language eng
Subjects B1
16 Studies in Human Society
1601 Anthropology
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
95 Cultural Understanding
Abstract/Summary From the air a scattering of brilliant white sandy cays and sand fringed islands dotted in an array of navy-black, brilliant aqua and turquoise waters stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres along the northeast coast of Australia. Up close the waters are crystal clear, the islands are green, and underwater life displays colours and forms unimaginable to those who have never seen it. This is the Great Barrier Reef- simultaneously of enonnous scale and comprised of myriads of minute life forms. It defies the human imagination, but satellite and aerial imagery, underwater cameras, colour emulsion, digital technology and motion film make it possible to capture and communicate many of these visual qualities. Images of the Reef are reproduced in their thousands each year; in popular science magazines, documentary films, coffee table books, internet sites, tourist brochures, advertisements and postcards. The visual qualities transmitted through these media are an integral part of the region's standing as a World Heritage site and as Australia's premier tourist destination. While the tourism industry is often attributed with creating and promulgating particular images of tourist destinations, analysis of historic images of the Reef suggests that this relationship is a much more complex one. [Introduction extract]
Keyword Tourism
History
Photography
Great Barrier Reef
Aerial photography
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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