A Little History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography? by Susie Linfield
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In A Short History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography?, Susie Linfield contends that by looking at images of political violence and learning to see the people in them, we engage in an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence. For many years, Linfield’s acute analysis of photographs—from events as wide-ranging as the Holocaust, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and recent acts of terrorism—has explored a complex connection between the practices of photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. By asking how photography should respond to the darker shadows of modern life, Linfield insists on the continuing moral relevance of photojournalism, while urging us not to avert our eyes from what James Agee once labeled “the cruel radiance of what is.”

About Susie Linfield

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Susie Linfield has been an editor for American Film, the Village Voice, and the Washington Post and has written for a wide range of publications including the Los Angeles Times Book Review,the New York Times, Bookforum, the Village Voice, Aperture, Dissent, and the Nation. She is associate professor of journalism at New York University, where she directs the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program.
Published December 20, 2012 by University of Chicago Press. 35 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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