Derek R. Petersen

United States

Derek R. Petersen is Professor of History, African and Afroamerican Studies at the University of Michigan. He has edited books about the Atlantic slave trade, the history of journalism, and the the politics of the heritage business in Africa. For the past decade he’s been working with Ugandan colleagues to make government archives accessible to citizens and scholars. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

About the book:
This trove of recently discovered photographs offers an opportunity to take a closer look at Idi Amin’s dictatorship and its impact on Ugandan history. Selected from a collection of 70,000 negatives from the archives of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, the images in this collection were taken by Amin’s personal photographers between the 1950s and mid-1980s.
Like many dictators, Amin used photography as a means of spreading propaganda that would flatter his regime, while obscuring its failures and abuses. Organized into thematic sections, these photographs show how Amin sought to gain support for his acts such as his expulsion of tens of thousands of South Asians in 1972 and for the “Economic War”, in which citizens charged with petty theft were tried and executed.

Book title: The Unseen Archive of IDI AMIN
Photographs from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation
Text authors: Derek R. Petersen and Dr. Richard Vokes
Design, layout and typesetting: Hannah Feldmeier
Publisher: Prestel Verlag
22 × 28 cm, 160 pages
120 b/w illustrations
US March 02, 2021 – UK March 02, 2021
USD 50.00


United States
Uganda Broadcasting Company, The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin
The Unseen Archive of IDI AMIN; Derek R. Petersen and Richard Vokes - Cover