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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Most users should sign in with their email address. Those of a philosophical bent seem forever drawn back to the study of logical forms. Thus one of her leading questions is the following: Azoulay’s radical democratic sensibility intersects with the ways in which she articulates how spectators are implicated in the photographic relation. The text works with an array of photographs that make urgent appeals, marshalling autobiographical, political, and theoretical perspectives to establish the role of the photograph in creating the visual space for politics.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Her theory is intimately connected to conditions of emergency, or the “situation involving calamity or mortal peril that demands immediate treatment” p.

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The book draws from a range of visual encounters: Azoulay analyzes Israeli press photographs of violent episodes in the Occupied Territories, and interprets various photographs of women–from famous images by stop-motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge to photographs from Abu Ghraib prison. From these conditions of horror, Azoulay boldly and convincingly argues that the spectator ethic enables a civil space for contemplation that transforms political consciousness, lhotography, and being in the world.

Contra understandings of photography embraced by Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes that see photography of implicit and explicit violence as politically and ethically bankrupt, Azoulay formulates a powerful theory-one she calls the “civil contract of photogtaphy an imaginative mode of cultivating controversy photogfaphy resistance against the whims of abusive state sovereignty.


Kate rated it it was amazing Dec 07, 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. Critically engaging rape as an object of discourse constrained by its own conditions of visibility ariellla Azoulay to advance a provocative argument about the need to question why particular events evade the domain of the visible, and how spectators might use hints of violence as a way of creating exigencies for rhetorical intervention.

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.

Sign Civul or Create an Account. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Within the contract, citizenship is imagined not as a ciil 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.

The Civil Contract of Photography

For readers who have long sought a passionate defense of an ethical engagement of photography that will move you with rhythmic writing and admirable intellectual practice, this is a book that should not be missed. Unsatisfied with the logic that rape takes place in private spaces without witness, Azoulay connects images of women’s everyday abandon- ment to absent images of rape thf.

Marcin Drabek rated it really liked it Jan 06, Hannah rated it it was amazing Jun 02, 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.

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At the beginning of the chapter, Azoulay questions why images of the act of rape are absent from our cultural archives of horror. On the civil contract by John M.


Email alerts New issue alert. Xontract situates photography within the context of political theory, challenging Susan Sontag’s important work on photography and war. Although Azoulay does not explicitly theorize argument, she addresses a number of themes relevant to the readers of this journal: For Azoulay, the photograph of politically induced suffering makes an appeal to rights and constitutes an emergency demand.

Contravt Azoulay’s book photogrxphy up the subject of the contemporary documentation of human suffering by means of photography. The civil contract of photography enables him or her to share with others the claim made or addressed by the photograph.

Her book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the disasters of recent history–and the consequences of how these events and their victims have been represented. You do not currently have access to this article. Nicholas rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Kayci rated it it was amazing Mar 24, Click here to sign up. For scholars engaging questions of how cultural advocacy is often constrained or enabled by appeals to technical, private, or public arguments, this chapter is a must read. Central to Azoulay’s argument is the critique of the groundbreaking writings on photography by Susan Sontag: The potential risk of defining civic obligations to contexts of extraordinary horror reiterates habits of citizenship to the exigence of wounded bodies.

For example, how might you articulate an ethics of the banal and everyday? 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.

Part of the spectator ethic is articulating these contexts of emergency that demand response. Thomas rated it it was amazing Nov 20,