Photography is a powerful tool for persuading donors to support conservation programs in the Paciﬁc, but it frequently distorts the ecological concepts from which their legitimacy is derived. In this paper we argue that the images of charismatic wild life used to portray the Paciﬁc as a“pristine wilderness” of rainforest and reef, betray the hegemonic ideology underpinning both biodiversity conservation and its related ecotourism development projects.
Key Words: Biodiversity, Pacific, photography, environmentalism
How to Cite:
Foale, S. & Macintyre, M., (2005) “Green Fantasies: Photographic representations of biodiversity and ecotourism in the Western Pacific”, Journal of Political Ecology 12(1), p.1-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v12i1.21671