the making of images

Views of the world and shapes of representation

couverture du catalogue La Fabrique des images

the making of images allows one to see how very diverse cultures represent the similarities and differences they see in their surroundings. The images that result correspond to four greatly contrasted views of the world found in works from five continents: Animism, naturalism, totemism, and analogism.

This surprising journey through unexplored lands of representation introduces a selection of works of all types, without considering space or time. Reading through the pages, the reader discovers how images, from the most familiar to the most enigmatic, depict the many ways to experience the world.

The author

Collective work under the direction of Philippe Descola, anthropologist, director of studies at EHESS and professor at the Collège de France. Author of Par-delà la nature et la culture (Gallimard, Bibliothèque des sciences humaines) in 2005.


224 pages

150 illustrations

22 x 27,5 cm


35 €

EAN : 978 2 757 20322 4

Published jointly by the musée du quai Branly and Somogy éditions d’art

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Ways of Seeing, Ways of Representing, Philippe Descola

1. A world brought to life

Presentation, Philippe Descola

See as another sees: Amazonian Representations of the Soul and Bodies, Anne-Christine Taylor

Miniatures and size variations among the Inuit, Frédéric Laugrand

Animal bodies and souls in Siberia: From animist love to the analogic Altaï, Charles Stepanoff

2. An objective world

Presentation, Philippe Descola

The painter and the scientist: The manufacture of images in the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Michael Taylor

“Photography” between nature and artifact, Monique Sicard

3. . A subdivided world

Presentation, Philippe Descola

From earth to canvas: Acrylic paintings of central Australia, Françoise Dussart

The art of connection: Figurative traditions and perception of images in Arnhem Land, Australia, Jessica de Largey

4. A tangled world

Presentation, Philippe Descola

Imaginary Animals and Composite Beings, Dimitri Karadimas

The different images of Sheik Amadou Bamba in Dakar, Allen Roberts

"Repetition for Its Own Sake:" Iterative arts of Senegal

Simultaneity of visions:Nierika in the Art and Rituals of the Huichols, Johannes Neurath


List of exhibited works