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
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