The Civil Contract of Photography has 42 ratings and 3 reviews. An argument that anyone can pursue political agency and resistance through photography, e. ARGUMENTATION AND ADVOCACY 47 (Winter ): I BOOK REVIEWS The Civil Contract ofPhotography. By Ariella Azoulay. New York: Zone . In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay thoroughly revises our understanding of the ethical status of photography. It must, she insists.

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The crucial arguments of her book concern two groups with flawed or nonexistent citizenship: Azoulay’s breathtaking book finally demands nothing less of us than to reimagine how, in the age of the photograph, we might become citizens again.


Describing the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings, Azoulay argues that anyone–even a stateless perso An argument that anyone can pursue political agency and resistance through photography, even those with flawed or nonexistent citizenship.

Although Azoulay does not explicitly theorize argument, she addresses a number of themes relevant to the readers of this journal: Log In Sign Up. Argument theorists might also be seen as coming from different leagues, very pgotography divided into those trained in a philosophical tradition and those schooled in the field of communication. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Deductive arguments lend themselves well to analytic approaches, but the vast majority of arguments advanced in any debate that matters rarely take this form.


The Civil Contract of Photography by Ariella Azoulay

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Refresh and try again. Central to Azoulay’s argument is the critique of the groundbreaking writings on photography by Susan Sontag: Azoulay charts new intellectual and political pathways in this unprecedented exploration of the visual field of catastrophe, injustice, and suffering in our time.

Media StudiesPolitics. Those of a philosophical bent seem forever drawn back to the study of logical forms. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Without calling either league deficient, a specialist in the azoklay can see important differences.

Those schooled in a communication tradition more easily see arguments as rough-and-tumble affairs, especially those of us with backgrounds in intercollegiate debate where arguments tumble roughly if they do nothing else.

Instead, Azoulay argues that because the relations of photography exist outside of the boundaries of nation-state and market, it enables citizens and non-citizens to create forms of solidarity premised on their shared governance p.

The book, originally published in German inappeared in English translation inand has finally been released in paperback version in by the Oxford University Press. Even or especially when it is a photograph of a crime or an injustice, a photograph is more than evidence. Lists with This Book. It must, she insists, be understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history.


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Azoulqy, she insists, must be thought and understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history. What they share is an exposure to injuries of various kinds and the impossibility of photographic statements of their plight from ever becoming claims of emergency and calls for protection.

The Civil Contract of Photography

Sign In or Create an Account. Jenna rated it really liked it Jun 10, The book, more phtography than most others on documentary photography, urges interpreters of photographic images of human suffering to think more rigorously about issues of governance, political rights, modern citizenship, and the claims of the photographed subject. Each chapter expands understanding of the components of the contract in exquisite detail with relevant examples.

Want to Read saving…. Help Center Find new research papers in: At the beginning of the chapter, Azoulay questions why images of the act of rape are absent from our cultural archives of horror.

This is a moving, urgent, and thoughtful work.