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The cruel radiance : photography and political violence

Author: Susie Linfield
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary photography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susie Linfield
ISBN: 9780226482507 0226482502
OCLC Number: 587198954
Awards: Commended for National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism) 2010
Commended for PROSE (Media/Cultural Studies) 2010
Description: xviii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: The Black book --
Part 1: Polemics. A little history of photography criticism; or, Why do photography critics hate photography? ; Photojournalism and human rights: the calamity of the Kodak --
Part 2: Places. Warsaw, Łódź, Auschwitz: in the waiting room of death ; China: from Malraux's dignity to the Red Guards' shame ; Sierra Leone: beyond the sorrow and the pity ; Abu Ghraib and the jihad: the dance of civilizations --
Part 3: People. Robert Capa: the optimist ; James Nachtwey: the catastrophist ; Gilles Peress: the skeptic.
Responsibility: Susie Linfield.

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