Photographs, materiality and sport history: Peter Norman and the 1968 Mexico City Black Power Salute

Osmond, Gary (2010) Photographs, materiality and sport history: Peter Norman and the 1968 Mexico City Black Power Salute. Journal of Sport History, 37 1: 119-137.

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Author Osmond, Gary
Title Photographs, materiality and sport history: Peter Norman and the 1968 Mexico City Black Power Salute
Journal name Journal of Sport History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0094-1700
2155-8450
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 119
End page 137
Total pages 19
Place of publication Lemont, PA, United States
Publisher North American Society for Sport History
Language eng
Abstract This article considers the ways in which Australian athlete Peter Norman is presented and represented through the famous photograph of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games “Black Power” salute. Photographic images are not simple, neutral, or objective records of the past; various material acts influence and affect the ways images are interpreted and read. This article will explore the materiality of the 1968 photograph with particular reference to Peter Norman, who is at different times, and in varying ways, both obscured and emphasized. A materiality approach contributes to understandings of the potential importance of photographs as sources. Most typically, photographs have been used by sport historians as decorative complements to verbal text. Borrowing from recent theoretical work on photographic materiality, by anthropologists and geographers in particular, this article sees photographs as supplementary to the written word, and offering new insights into how knowledge about the past is produced.
Keyword Peter Norman
Australian athlete
1968 Mexico City Olympic games
“Black Power” salute
Photographic images
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
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Created: Fri, 19 Nov 2010, 01:11:15 EST by Dr Gary Osmond on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences