The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence
Since the early days of photography, critics have told us that photos of political violence—of torture, mutilation, and death—are exploitative, deceitful, even pornographic. To look at these images is voyeuristic; to turn away is a gesture of respect.
With The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield attacks those ideas head-on, arguing passionately that viewing such photographs—and
Linfield centers her discussion on two fundamental issues which ...more
it was, however, a great follow-up to all of that reading, considering the focus on sierra leone and other places where violence and by proxy photography of said violence has been made. the language susie linfield uses to discuss the photographs, the photographers, as well as photo criticism, is beautiful and i ...more
I value Linfield's book both for its standalone argument AND as a collection/reference-point for theories of contemporary photojournalism. I'm very familiar with Nachtwey's work, but it's nice to hear an academic's ...more
Susie Linfield in THE CRUEL RADIANCE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE wrestles with this question: given that moral progress is a thoroughly discredited fairly tale, are photographers benefiting from, or even party to, exploitation of victims of political violence?
TCR is a deep and important critique t ...more