Dean Worcester's Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines



Author: Mark Rice

The product of intensive archival research is a narrative account of one of the most significant figures in the early years of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines. Worcester, who served as secretary of the interior in the Philippines from 1901 to 1913, was also a prolific photographer. Over the course of his career he amassed an archive of more than ten thousand photographs, some that he took himself and others that were taken by government photographers who worked for him. The book reveals how Worcester used photographs and the motion pictures he made to present to American audiences an image of the Philippines as a wild land requiring long-term control by the United States.

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