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Introduction: special section on recent photography theory: the state in visual matters

By Jennifer Bajorek

Abstract

This introduction to a special section on ‘Photography and the State’ reflects on trends in photography theory exemplified in essays by Jens Andermann, Ariella Azoulay, Andrea Noble, and Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. It suggests that the contributors make a powerful argument for photography’ s emergent contribution to theories of the state and of sovereignty. It situates this work in the context of a growing body of scholarship (by theorists such as Natalia Brizuela, Paula Cortes-Rocca, Clare Harris, Chris Pinney, and Karen Strassler) attuned to photography’ s role in political imagination in post-colonial and post-imperial spaces, and underscores movement of the field away from inter-subjective conceptions of photographic ethics and debates about indexicality

Topics: L990, P300, W632, W640
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gold.ac.uk:5079
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