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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But the crucial arguments of the book concern two groups whose vulnerability and flawed citizenship have been rendered invisible due to their state of exception: Hannah rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Hence, images of political trauma demand a heightened moral sensibility on behalf of the spectator to reconstruct the photographic event and respond to the claims articulated by the photographed.

Azoulay’s radical democratic sensibility intersects with the ways in which she articulates how spectators are implicated in the photographic relation. Ariella Azoulay’s book takes up the subject of the contemporary documentation of human suffering by means of photography.

Jennifer Tucker; Ariella Azoulay. Lists with This Book. In this compelling work, Ariella Azoulay reconsiders the political and ethical status of photography.


To ask other readers questions about The Civil Contract of Photographyplease sign up. Photography, she argues, is a contrach apparatus that includes photographed objects or persons, environments, camera, photographer, and spectator p.

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Return to Book Page. Photography, Azouay insists, cannot be understood separately from the many catastrophes of recent history. Yang Loo rated it did not like it Oct 07, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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.

Combined Shapeclose Created with Sketch. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 imagine that discourse can be stripped of context and converted to formulae.


Part of the spectator ethic is articulating these contexts of emergency that demand response. In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay thoroughly revises our understanding of the ethical status of photography. Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics Reviews: A more rhetorical understand- ing of emergency claims ought to goad scholars to consider how to imagine those claims as related to bodies other than those in crisis. The book, more insistently than most others on documentary photography, urges interpreters contrwct photographic images of human suffering to think more rigorously about issues of governance, political rights, modern citizenship, and the claims of the photographed subject.


The Civil Contract of Photography is an essential work for anyone seeking to understand the disasters of recent history and the consequences of how they and azohlay victims are represented. Zainab rated it really liked it Oct 17, You do not currently have access to this article.

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The Civil Contract of Photography

Want to Read saving…. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Remember me on this computer. 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.