Richard Vokes

Australia, Perth

Dr. Richard Vokes is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Development at the University of Western Australia, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively on this region, including on: new religious movements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the history of photography, media and social change, and the anthropology of development (education, governance and infrastructure).
He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards for his work.

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


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