ARIELLA AZOULAY THE CIVIL CONTRACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY PDF

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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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In her extraordinary account of the “civil contract” of photography, she thoroughly revises our understanding of the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings.

It is far less difficult for us to think of arguments as sharing the characteristics of all discourse, and it seems far more strange to ariepla that discourse can be stripped of context and converted to formulae. In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay provides a compelling rethinking of the political and ethical status of photography.

The Civil Contract of Photography

Citing articles via Google Scholar. Her theory is intimately connected to conditions of emergency, or the “situation involving calamity or mortal peril that demands immediate treatment” p.

The civil contract of photography enables anyone to pursue political agency and resistance through photography. Central to Azoulay’s argument is the critique of the groundbreaking writings on photography by Susan Sontag: Call them the Philosophical League and the Communication League.

Her book shows how anyone, even a stateless person, who addresses others through photographs or occupies the position of a photograph’s addressee, is or can become a citizen in the citizenry of photography.

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Vindi rated it really liked it Apr 21, Gal rated it liked it Feb 07, The book, more insistently 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.

Lists with This Book. Zainab rated it really ckvil it Oct 17, Books by Ariella Azoulay.

Argument theorists might also be seen as coming from different leagues, very roughly divided into those trained in a philosophical tradition and those schooled in the field of communication. Within the contract, citizenship is imagined not as a status or possession that a sovereign bestows upon individuals, but rather, as a “tool of a struggle or an obligation to others to struggle against injuries inflicted on those others, citizens and noncitizens” p.

While reading this book, it is important to remember the conditions of violence that move Azoulay to embrace the political possibilities of photography.

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Yet, readers should consider the possibilities of the civil contract outside of conditions of immediate zzoulay. She argues that photography is a particular set of relations between individuals and the powers that govern them and, at the same time, a form of relations among equals that constrains that power. Pavel D rated it really liked it Nov 25, How can we tell when the rest of the arguments out there all necessarily inductive to some extent jump too far, and when might we conclude they are sound?

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Describing the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings, Azoulay argues that anyone–even a stateless person–who addresses others through photographs or is addressed by photographs can become a member of the citizenry of photography.

Even or especially when it is a photograph of a crime or an injustice, a photograph is more than evidence.

The Civil Contract of Photography by Ariella Azoulay

Ariella Azoulay’s The Civil Contract of Photography is a simply stunning challenge to the ways in which visual culture scholars imagine the productive possibilities of photography as a mode of political contestation, domain of argument, and site of ethical engagement.

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