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The Cruel Radiance

The Cruel Radiance

Photography and Political Violence

  • Author: Susie Linfield
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226482510
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 339
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Challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to the voyeuristic tendencies of their viewers. Instead, the author argues that looking at such images is an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence and probes the human capacity for cruelty.

The Cruel Radiance

The Cruel Radiance

Photography and Political Violence

  • Author: Susie Linfield
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226482521
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 344
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In The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to the voyeuristic tendencies of their viewers. Instead she argues passionately that looking at such images—and learning to see the people in them—is an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence and probes the human capacity for cruelty. Grappling with critics from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag and the postmoderns—and analyzing photographs from such events as the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, and recent terrorist acts—Linfield explores the complex connection between photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. In the book’s concluding section, she examines the indispensable work of Robert Capa, James Nachtwey, and Gilles Peress and asks how photography should respond to the increasingly nihilistic trajectory of modern warfare. A bracing and unsettling book, The Cruel Radiance convincingly demonstrates that if we hope to alleviate political violence, we must first truly understand it—and to do that, we must begin to look.

The Cruel Radiance

The Cruel Radiance

Photography and Political Violence

  • Author: Susie Linfield
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226482507
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 339
  • View: 5911
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In The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to the voyeuristic tendencies of their viewers. Instead she argues passionately that looking at such images—and learning to see the people in them—is an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence and probes the human capacity for cruelty. Grappling with critics from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag and the postmoderns—and analyzing photographs from such events as the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, and recent terrorist acts—Linfield explores the complex connection between photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. In the book’s concluding section, she examines the indispensable work of Robert Capa, James Nachtwey, and Gilles Peress and asks how photography should respond to the increasingly nihilistic trajectory of modern warfare. A bracing and unsettling book, The Cruel Radiance convincingly demonstrates that if we hope to alleviate political violence, we must first truly understand it—and to do that, we must begin to look.

A Little History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography?

A Little History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography?

  • Author: Susie Linfield
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022604906X
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 32
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In A Short History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography?, Susie Linfield contends that by looking at images of political violence and learning to see the people in them, we engage in an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence. For many years, Linfield’s acute analysis of photographs—from events as wide-ranging as the Holocaust, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and recent acts of terrorism—has explored a complex connection between the practices of photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. By asking how photography should respond to the darker shadows of modern life, Linfield insists on the continuing moral relevance of photojournalism, while urging us not to avert our eyes from what James Agee once labeled “the cruel radiance of what is.”

The Public Image

The Public Image

Photography and Civic Spectatorship

  • Author: Robert Hariman,John Louis Lucaites
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022634293X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 344
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In this book, Hariman and Lucaites provide an account of how photojournalism creates a distinctive and valuable way of understanding the modern world, plus example of how the public spectator can think about and with photographs in order to develop that understanding. Coming off the banner success of their No Caption Needed (2007), The Public Image takes that book forward with the express purpose of promoting visual literacy as a civic skill. In the end they aim to enlarge the conceptual scope of photography as a mode of experience, a medium for social thought, and a public art. Public thought needs both good writing and good photography, and this indicates the contemporary shift in talk about photography from what photographs are to a more direct concern with what photographs do. The authors take up a series of Big Issues, such as the recorded image as real and as artifice, the tangle of photography with modernity (here they touch on digitization and globalization), the manner in which the photograph operates as a medium for social thought, the photograph s intimate relationship with warfare, and they conclude with a chapter on the supersaturation of the image world (abundance is an important theme, and characteristic sign of cultural vitality)."

Bending the Frame

Bending the Frame

Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen

  • Author: Fred Ritchin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781597111201
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 175
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The older paradigm for photojournalists was to simply record events, with the hopeand frequently the expectationthat people and their governments would be moved to respond to the injustices pictured; as witnessed by the impact of certain images during the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. Given evolving media and political climates, however, including the billions of images now available online from all kinds of sources, the purpose and effectiveness of media, in particular of visual journalism, has been called into question. Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and Citzenship, by author and critic Fred Ritchin, addresses the new and emerging potentials for visual media to impact society. Ritchin examines the historical and contemporary uses of photography and related media to inspire social change. From the unintended consequences of citizen journalism and leaked images such as those from Abu Ghraib, to the new strategies by visual journalists and the targeted human rights projects by documentary photographers, the intention of this book is to provide a much-needed critical approach to the issues involved in such efforts. Also encompassing online efforts, uses of video, and a diverse range of books and exhibitions, Bending the Frame aims for as wide-ranging and farreaching a discussion as possible, asking the critical question: how can images promote new thinking and make a difference in the world?

Regarding the Pain of Others

Regarding the Pain of Others

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466853573
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 144
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A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture--its ubiquity, meanings, and effects Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle." But are viewers inured -or incited--to violence by the daily depiction of cruelty and horror? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the universal availability of imagery intended to shock? In her first full-scale investigation of the role of imagery in our culture since her now-classic book On Photography defined the terms of the debate twenty-five years ago, Susan Sontag cuts through circular arguments about how pictures can inspire dissent or foster violence as she takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and Dachau and Auschwitz to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and New York City on September 11, 2001. As John Berger wrote when On Photography was first published, "All future discussions or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book." Sontag's new book, a startling reappraisal of the intersection of "information", "news," "art," and politics in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster, will be equally essential. It will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.

Humanitarian Photography

Humanitarian Photography

  • Author: Heide Fehrenbach,Davide Rodogno
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107064708
  • Category: History
  • Page: 354
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The historical evolution of 'humanitarian photography' - the mobilization of photography in the service of humanitarian initiatives across state boundaries.

Touching Photographs

Touching Photographs

  • Author: Margaret Olin
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226626466
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 273
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Photography does more than simply represent the world. It acts in the world, connecting people to form relationships and shaping relationships to create communities. In this beautiful book, Margaret Olin explores photography’s ability to “touch” us through a series of essays that shed new light on photography’s role in the world. Olin investigates the publication of photographs in mass media and literature, the hanging of exhibitions, the posting of photocopied photographs of lost loved ones in public spaces, and the intense photographic activity of tourists at their destinations. She moves from intimate relationships between viewers and photographs to interactions around larger communities, analyzing how photography affects the way people handle cataclysmic events like 9/11. Along the way, she shows us James VanDerZee’s Harlem funeral portraits, dusts off Roland Barthes’s family album, takes us into Walker Evans and James Agee’s photo-text Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and logs onto online photo albums. With over one hundred illustrations, Touching Photographs is an insightful contribution to the theory of photography, visual studies, and art history.

Picturing Atrocity

Picturing Atrocity

Photography in Crisis

  • Author: Geoffrey Batchen,Mick Gidley,Nancy K. Miller,Jay Prosser
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 319
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A volume of essays by leading photography writers and critics, published to benefit Amnesty International, cites such examples as the work of Susan Sontag to question whether photography of disturbing images stirs empathy or voyeurism in its viewers, outlining how to look at photographs to become contextually informed. Original.

Civil Imagination

Civil Imagination

A Political Ontology of Photography

  • Author: Ariella Azoulay
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • ISBN: 1784783021
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 288
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Understanding photography is more than a matter of assessing photographs, writes Ariella Azoulay. The photograph is merely one event in a sequence that constitutes photography and which always involves an actual or potential spectator in the relationship between the photographer and the individual portrayed. The shift in focus from product to practice, outlined in Civil Imagination, brings to light the way images can both reinforce and resist the oppressive reality foisted upon the people depicted. Through photography, Civil Imagination seeks out relations of partnership, solidarity, and sharing that come into being at the expense of sovereign powers that threaten to destroy them. Azoulay argues that the “civil” must be distinguished from the “political” as the interest that citizens have in themselves, in others, in their shared forms of coexistence, as well as in the world they create and transform. Azoulay’s book sketches out a new horizon of civil living for citizens as well as subjects denied citizenship—inevitable partners in a reality they are invited to imagine anew and to reconstruct. Beautifully produced with many illustrations, Civil Imagination is a provocative argument for photography as a civic practice capable of reclaiming civil power.

Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

Reflections on Photography

  • Author: Roland Barthes
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780374521349
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 119
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"Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind."--Alibris.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar

An Education in War

  • Author: Megan Stack
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • ISBN: 0767930347
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 255
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A Pulitzer finalist and Los Angeles Times Moscow bureau chief describes her witness to events at the front lines of the war on terror in multiple countries, sharing her insights into the high cost of violence as weighed against the war's democracy-based objectives.

Here is New York

Here is New York

A Democracy of Photographs

  • Author: Alice Rose George
  • Publisher: Scalo Verla AG
  • ISBN: 3908247667
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 861
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Presents an exhibition of photographics originally shown at a store front in the Soho district of New York City. The focus of the exhibition is on the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster and its aftermath.

The Civil Contract of Photography

The Civil Contract of Photography

  • Author: Ariella Azoulay
  • Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
  • ISBN: 9781890951887
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 585
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An argument that anyone can pursue political agency and resistance through photography, even those with flawed or nonexistent citizenship.

Picturing an Exhibition

Picturing an Exhibition

The Family of Man and 1950s America

  • Author: Eric Sandeen
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780826323668
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 227
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The richness and historical complexity of this exhibit have been overlooked, especially in the post-Vietnam decades, as critics have been quick to dismiss it as sentimental. In the context of Steichen's text, the exhibit was an appeal to the emotions, designed to move viewers to cross the ideological barriers of the Cold War. The Family of Man was prominently displayed at the American Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. Sandeen shows the exhibit to be a great deal more than a compendium of beautiful but unchallenging photographs. He also unfolds its multilayered relationship with and reflection of the values of postwar America.

Human Rights In Camera

Human Rights In Camera

  • Author: Sharon Sliwinski
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226762760
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 186
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From the fundamental rights proclaimed in the American and French declarations of independence to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Hannah Arendt’s furious critiques, the definition of what it means to be human has been hotly debated. But the history of human rights—and their abuses—is also a richly illustrated one. Following this picture trail, Human Rights In Camera takes an innovative approach by examining the visual images that have accompanied human rights struggles and the passionate responses people have had to them. Sharon Sliwinski considers a series of historical events, including the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and the Holocaust, to illustrate that universal human rights have come to be imagined through aesthetic experience. The circulation of images of distant events, she argues, forms a virtual community between spectators and generates a sense of shared humanity. Joining a growing body of scholarship about the cultural forces at work in the construction of human rights, Human Rights In Camera is a novel take on this potent political ideal.

The Violence of the Image

The Violence of the Image

Photography and International Conflict

  • Author: Liam Kennedy,Caitlin Patrick
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1780767897
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 288
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Photography has visualized international relations and conflicts from the mid-nineteenth century onwards and continues to be an important medium in framing the worlds of distant and suffering others. The Violence of the Image examines the roles of image producers and the functions of photographic imagery in the documentation and communication of wars, violent conflicts and human rights issues. The book focuses on photojournalism, the premier visual genre in news media framing of international affairs through much of the twentieth century. Many photojournalists promote an ethos of critique, ethically underwritten by the idea of 'witnessing' and affective appeals to action based on displays of human suffering. The book deals with the much-cited concept of 'compassion fatigue' and shows how public commitment to such a 'documentary ethos' remains strong today. The Violence of the Image also engages with the ways in which the newer vernacular and artistic modes of photographic production, including digital photography, camera phones and social media platforms, articulate international friction. Illustrated in colour and in black and white, this is a welcome, innovative contribution to writing and thinking on media and conflict.

Political Evil

Political Evil

What It Is and How to Combat It

  • Author: Alan Wolfe
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • ISBN: 0307473015
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 339
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A leading political scientist identifies "political evil" as wrongdoing perpetrated by individuals with specific political goals, cites specific examples throughout the world and explains that important changes can be initiated through adjustments in how political evil is treated.

A Thousand Darknesses

A Thousand Darknesses

Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction

  • Author: Ruth Franklin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199779772
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
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What is the difference between writing a novel about the Holocaust and fabricating a memoir? Do narratives about the Holocaust have a special obligation to be 'truthful'--that is, faithful to the facts of history? Or is it okay to lie in such works? In her provocative study A Thousand Darknesses, Ruth Franklin investigates these questions as they arise in the most significant works of Holocaust fiction, from Tadeusz Borowski's Auschwitz stories to Jonathan Safran Foer's postmodernist family history. Franklin argues that the memory-obsessed culture of the last few decades has led us to mistakenly focus on testimony as the only valid form of Holocaust writing. As even the most canonical texts have come under scrutiny for their fidelity to the facts, we have lost sight of the essential role that imagination plays in the creation of any literary work, including the memoir. Taking a fresh look at memoirs by Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi, and examining novels by writers such as Piotr Rawicz, Jerzy Kosinski, W.G. Sebald, and Wolfgang Koeppen, Franklin makes a persuasive case for literature as an equally vital vehicle for understanding the Holocaust (and for memoir as an equally ambiguous form). The result is a study of immense depth and range that offers a lucid view of an often cloudy field.