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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Azoulay asks a worthy question: She had explained the work in detail.


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.

Matt rated it really liked it Aug 30, Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Jennifer Tucker; Ariella Azoulay. In essence, a thin reading of Azoulay’s emergency claims would position the lhotography only in relation to a body in immediate crisis. If I might be granted a litde editorial license as I pen this review the day before the start of baseball season, I will note that all of the greatest deficiencies in baseball the designated hitter rule, Astroturf, the Texas Rangers seem to cluster in American League.

The civil contract of photography – Ariella’s Cargo

In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay provides a compelling rethinking of the azooulay and ethical status of photography. 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 p.

Marcin Drabek rated it really liked it Jan photographhy, Azoulay’s radical democratic sensibility intersects with the ways in which she articulates how spectators are implicated in the photographic relation. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. Her theory is intimately connected to conditions of emergency, or the “situation involving calamity or mortal peril that demands immediate treatment” p.


Azoulay coontract photography within the context of political theory, challenging Susan Sontag’s important work on photography and war. At the beginning of the chapter, Azoulay questions why images of the act of rape are absent from our cultural archives of horror.

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: Don’t have an account?

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In her extraordinary account of the “civil contract” of photography, she thoroughly contrat our understanding of the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings. 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? The book draws from a range of visual encounters: Under what legal, political, or cultural conditions does it become possible to see and show disaster that befalls those with aziulay citizenship in a state of exception?

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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.

Though many are not as quick as Frege to mathematize argument, and convert the natural language into abstract symbolic form that might be studied for logical structure, the call to the study of form seems etemal.


The crucial arguments of the book concern two groups that have been rendered invisible by their state of exception: The question for me now is whether I am up to the task.

Open Preview See a Problem? Caro rated it liked it Nov 22, Review of The Civil Contract of Photography. Click here to sign up. Zainab rated it really liked it Oct 17, While reading this book, it is important to remember the conditions of violence that move Azoulay to embrace the political possibilities of photography. The introduction is a broad portrait of her concept, “the civil contract of photography,” and the way it is animated in contexts of disaster. 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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The photograph, she tells us, fixes nothing and belongs to no one. Want to Read saving…. Azoulay asks this question: 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.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Part of the power of the spectator ethic is asking these very questions as they respond to and define conditions of emergency. Argumentation critics have grappled with the particular problematics of images-as-argu- ment, highlighting the need to attend to the rhetorical conditions of an image’s emergence and circulation, i.