Light on the Dark Continent: The Photography of Alice Seely Harris and the Congo Atrocities of the Early Twentieth Century

@article{Thompson2002LightOT,
  title={Light on the Dark Continent: The Photography of Alice Seely Harris and the Congo Atrocities of the Early Twentieth Century},
  author={Taylor James Thompson},
  journal={International Bulletin of Mission Research},
  year={2002},
  volume={26},
  pages={146 - 149}
}
  • T. Thompson
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Sociology
  • International Bulletin of Mission Research
I n 1905Mark Twain published King Leopold's Soliloquy, an imaginary rumination by the Bel­ gian king on the troubles caused him by those campaigning against his administration in the Congo Free State. Part of Leopold's fictional meditation is on the difficulties caused him by the evid ence of the camera.Twain has him lament: "The ' Kodak has been a sore calamity to us. The most pow erful enemy that has confronted us. . . . The only witness I have encountered in my long career that I couldn't… 
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