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Papers Fotogràfics, nº 1
Photographs, books and travel.
Aurora Bertrana between Polynesia and Morocco (1926-1936)
María de los Santos García Felguera
A traveler, writer, cellist, politician, freelancer, Freemason and feminist, Aurora Bertrana illustrated her travel books, articles and novels with photographs. In Polynesian texts she used some made by her husband (Denis Choffat) or bought from professional companies; on the trip to Morocco she brought her own camera, a Kodak that identified her as a journalist (along with the notebook) and that she could not use as much as she would have liked due to multiple difficulties, including approaching to women. In this article we analyze the role of the photographs referred to in the context of the thought, writings and life of the Catalan writer, who from her first articles took them into account as an important part; and the role of the camera itself that functions as a shield in complicated situations. Aurora Bertrana raises issues that remain crucial in today’s photography, such as respect for the other person and even the renunciation of using the camera so as not to break that respect.
Keywords: Aurora Bertrana, women, gender, photography, travel, books, Polynesia, Morocco, Catalonia, 20th century, 1920s, Zane Gray, limits of photography.
Link to download: Photographs, books and travel. Aurora Bertrana entre la Polinèsia i el Marroc (1926-1936) (català i castellà)