Hatfield, P. J. (2011), 'Colonial Copyright and the Photographic Image: Canada in the Frame', Royal Holloway, University of London (unpublished doctoral thesis).
Under Colonial Copyright Law, the British Museum Library acquired a substantial collection of Canadian photographs between 1895 and 1924, taken by a variety of amateurs and professionals across Canada. Due to the agency of individual photographers, the requirements of copyright legislation and the accumulating principle of the archive, the Collection displays multiple geographies and invites various interpretations.
Chapter 1 discusses the development of Colonial Copyright Law and its application to photographic works, examining the extent to which the collection was born of an essentially colonial geography of knowledge. The chapter outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the thesis in relation to scholarship on colonial regulation, visual economies and Canadian historical geography. Chapter 2 presents an overview of the evolution of the Collection and provides a discussion of research strategy, focussing on how its diverse contents may inform understandings of Canada’s changing landscape, cities and people. The substantive core of the thesis examines the contents and genres represented in the collection through a series of linked studies.
Chapter 3 considers the photographic representation of Canadian cities, focussing on the use of the camera in Victoria and Toronto to explore the political and commercial aspects of urban change. Chapter 4 explores the interaction of the camera and the railroads, two technologies at the cutting edge of modernity, examining how photography both promoted the railway and depicted the impact of railway disasters. Chapter 5 explores the visual economy of the photographic image through the medium of the postcard, with reference to the Canadian National Exhibition and the Bishop Barker Company of aviators. Chapter 6 considers a variety of views of Native American peoples, the result of the intersection of various photographic impulses with Colonial Copyright Law.
The final chapter returns to the Collection as a whole to consider its agency in the digital age.
(You can find a review of the thesis over at the website Dissertation Reviews)
Hatfield, P.J. (2006), 'Drawing Back the Curtain: Geraldine Moodie and the Canadian Arctic, 1904 - 1905' Royal Holloway, University of London (unpublished MA dissertation) Download Drawing back the curtain (MA Thesis)
Evans, S., Hatfield, P. J., Lewis, G. (2011), 'Report Back: Our Memories of the Uprisings: the 1980s revisited' in History Workshop Journal (72:1)
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Hatfield, P. J. (2011), 'Review of, Butlin, R. (2009), Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies, c. 1880 - 1960', in The Geographical Journal (177:1)
Hatfield, P. J. (2011), 'Review of, Zeller, S. (2009), Inventing Canada: Early Victorian Science and the Idea of a Transcontinental Nation', in The British Journal of Canadian Studies (24: 1)
Hatfield, P. J. (2012), 'Review of, P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Peter Kikkert (2010), The Canadian Forces and Arctic Sovereignty: Debating Roles, Interests and Requirements, 1968 - 1974' in The British Journal of Canadian Studies (25: 1)
Hatfield, P. J. (2012), 'Book Review: Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity. By Liz Wells' in Cultural Geographies (19:4)
Hatfield, P. J. and Gray, A. (2013), 'Canada Through a Lens: the British Library Colonial Copyright Collection' for the Curator's Choice series on The Public Domain Review
Hatfield, P. J. (2013), 'Digital Collaborations: Taking a Collection Online' for the Dissertation Reviews website
Hatfield, P. J. (2011), 'Photography, writing, race and sport: material memories of Tom Longboat' for the British Library's 'Sport & Society' web resource
Hatfield, P. J. (2012), 'Icy Wickets and Marshy Outfields: Cricket in the Americas' for the British Library conference, 'Sourcing Sport'. Download Cricket and the Americas