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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Over the course of nine chapters following a detailed introduction, Azoulay meticulously outlines and performs a method of reading photographs, foreground- ing the importance of visual eirgument in articulating a formation of citizenship productive for intervening in the violent spectacles of late-modernity. It must, she insists, be understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of potography history.

This untethering of photography from responsibility, at least in its traditional sense, allows her to approach the ethics and politics specific to photography in a completely new way. Kate rated it it was amazing Dec 07, The Civil Contract ofPhotography will likely be one of the most influential books to shape the contemporary inquiry of photography and public culture.

Laura rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Photography, Azoulay insists, cannot be understood separately from the many catastrophes of recent history. The crucial arguments of her book concern two groups with flawed or nonexistent citizenship: Yet, if our civic obligations are habitually imagined as only a response to pain and violence, then we should begin to ask more questions about the status of contemporary citizenship.


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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. Each chapter expands understanding of the components of the contract in exquisite detail with relevant examples.

What we tend to agree on is this: 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 azoulaay photographed.

The question for me now is whether I am up to the task. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Don’t have an account? Related articles in Google Scholar. Declaring a State of War. Azoulay asks a worthy question: The bases are the same distance apart, the game has been scored the same way for the past years, the pitchers all throw over 90 miles an hour, and the players are all large and muscular.

Kayci rated it it was amazing Mar 24, Central to Azoulay’s argument is the critique of the groundbreaking writings on photography by Susan Sontag: Argument theorists might also be seen as coming from different leagues, very roughly divided into arielal trained in a philosophical tradition and those schooled in the field of communication.

The potential risk of defining civic obligations to contexts of extraordinary horror reiterates habits of citizenship to the exigence of wounded bodies. For scholars engaging questions of how cultural advocacy is often constrained or enabled by appeals to technical, private, or szoulay arguments, this chapter is a must read.


To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Photography, she insists, must be thought and understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history. Pavel D rated it really liked it Nov 25, Yee-Kay Chan rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Azoulay asks this question: However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.


Nicholas rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Ariella Azoulay’s The Civil Photgoraphy of Photography is a simply stunning challenge to the ways in which visual culture scholars imagine the productive possibilities of photography as a azoulya of political contestation, domain of argument, and site of ethical engagement. Susan rated it it was ok Dec 31, To the specialist outside the field, the differences in approach might seem small; we generally cite the same cannon of authors Toulmin, Perelman, Habermas, etc.

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In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay thoroughly revises our understanding of the ethical status of photography.