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Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics

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David Levi Strauss is a writer whose visual and intellectual sensibilities are both acute and expansive. His trenchant writings on photography and photographers have been collected for this volume from a broad range of magazines, including "Aperture," "Artforum" and "The Nation." In "Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics," Strauss tackles subjects as diverse ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 15th 2005 by Aperture (first published July 1st 2003)
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Dec 28, 2016 Brian Page rated it liked it
BETWEEN THE EYES: ESSAYS ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND POLITICS is an important book even though it is a bit dated, perhaps even because it is a bit dated (2003). The book is truly a collection of essays, somewhat disparate and some inconsistently related to the overall theme. But don’t let that stop you. There is plenty of meat in this book and plenty of valid issues to contemplate.

An early topic is the “aestheticization of the documentary image.” This is a quandary that has been around for a long time a
Feb 01, 2016 Madhuri rated it it was amazing
"It's not that we mistake photographs for reality; we prefer them to reality. We cannot bear reality, but we can bear images - like stigmata...we believe them because we need what we are in them."

From discussion of some great photographic works (Hotel Polen was a favourite), to some of the best poignant and telling quotes - this book sets many thoughts in motion. Thoughts about how images are used/can be used in propaganda or in dealing with difficult realities like 9/11 and holocaust, or how th
Matthew M.
Feb 27, 2008 Matthew M. rated it it was amazing
While living in Boulder, Colorado this book served as essential reading. The introduction by John Berger is as much a gem as the following text. Intelligent essays focusing on the cross-over between photography and aesthetics. When does a photograph's social content become destabilized by the viewer? What kind of negotiations need to occur between photograph as object and viewer? Does the photographer's intent become lost through social codes ameliorating the conflict inherent in photographs of ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Roger rated it really liked it
The first essay is the best, but his observations about Alfredo Jaar and Rio Branco are also pretty great. His thoughts about photography's truth-claim and position within the media add little new to these areas.
Nov 25, 2007 Adam rated it really liked it
Pretty obvious from the title, if you love photography and have an interest in politics or how photography relates to culture this is a must read.
Apr 13, 2008 Lesley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in photography and politics
Levi-Strauss brings a super-thoughtful, contemporary perspective to the topic of photography and politics.
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“Photography is light-writing, the language of images. Less abstract than written or spoken language, it selects images from the existing world of appearances and arranges them in patterns. The camera-eye doesn't think, it recognizes. It shows us what we already know, but don't know that we know.” 8 likes
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