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Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis Paperback – 1 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186189872X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861898722
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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""Picturing Atrocity" is an excellent examination of the dilemmas implicit in photography's representation of human suffering, whether caused by torture, war, poverty, the political chaos and neglect that multiplies the toll from natural disasters (as in Africa's Horn region today), or other gross rights violations. Multilayered and lucid, these essays demolish any lingering pretence that images of suffering can be understood without also considering the context and media in which they are presented, and the often far-from-the-scene viewer who consumes them. "Picturing Atrocity" is critical reading for communicators in the aid, development and human rights communities who participate in the dissemination of these essential but volatile images."

--Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF Sr. Photography Editor

"Picturing Atrocity" is an excellent examination of the dilemmas implicit in photography s representation of human suffering, whether caused by torture, war, poverty, the political chaos and neglect that multiplies the toll from natural disasters (as in Africa s Horn region today), or other gross rights violations. Multilayered and lucid, these essays demolish any lingering pretence that images of suffering can be understood without also considering the context and media in which they are presented, and the often far-from-the-scene viewer who consumes them. "Picturing Atrocity" is critical reading for communicators in the aid, development and human rights communities who participate in the dissemination of these essential but volatile images.
--Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF Sr. Photography Editor"

Picturing Atrocity is an excellent examination of the dilemmas implicit in photography s representation of human suffering, whether caused by torture, war, poverty, the political chaos and neglect that multiplies the toll from natural disasters (as in Africa s Horn region today), or other gross rights violations. Multilayered and lucid, these essays demolish any lingering pretence that images of suffering can be understood without also considering the context and media in which they are presented, and the often far-from-the-scene viewer who consumes them. Picturing Atrocity is critical reading for communicators in the aid, development and human rights communities who participate in the dissemination of these essential but volatile images.
--Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF Sr. Photography Editor"

It is hard to look: My Lai, Dachau, Abu Ghraib, Wounded Knee. We know these atrocities through the painful evidence of unforgettable documentary photographs. But these images are far from innocent. Just as atrocity itself is a loaded term, every photograph of such an event is a bit of high-level propaganda in a moralized political argument, encouraging the viewer to bear witness, make judgments, take sides. This important new collection of essays by some of the most brilliant analysts of photography shows how deliberately horrifying pictures have shaped and continue to shape the ethics and politics of the modern era.
--Brian Wallis, Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York "Brian Wallace, International Center of Photography ""

"Picturing Atrocity is an excellent examination of the dilemmas implicit in photography's representation of human suffering, whether caused by torture, war, poverty, the political chaos and neglect that multiplies the toll from natural disasters (as in Africa's Horn region today), or other gross rights violations. Multilayered and lucid, these essays demolish any lingering pretence that images of suffering can be understood without also considering the context and media in which they are presented, and the often far-from-the-scene viewer who consumes them. Picturing Atrocity is critical reading for communicators in the aid, development and human rights communities who participate in the dissemination of these essential but volatile images."
--Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF Sr. Photography Editor

"It is hard to look: My Lai, Dachau, Abu Ghraib, Wounded Knee. We know these atrocities through the painful evidence of unforgettable documentary photographs. But these images are far from innocent. Just as 'atrocity' itself is a loaded term, every photograph of such an event is a bit of high-level propaganda in a moralized political argument, encouraging the viewer to bear witness, make judgments, take sides. This important new collection of essays by some of the most brilliant analysts of photography shows how deliberately horrifying pictures have shaped--and continue to shape--the ethics and politics of the modern era."
--Brian Wallis, Chief Curator, International Center of Photography, New York "Brian Wallace, International Center of Photography "

About the Author

Geoffrey Batchen is a photography historian and Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Mick Gidley is Emeritus Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds, UK. Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, the Graduate Center, CUNY. Jay Prosser is Reader in Humanities in the School of English at the University of Leeds, UK.


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