Re-imagining human rights photography: Ariella Azoulays intervention

Gormley, Anna ORCID: 0009-0009-3009-6879 and Allan, Stuart (2019) Re-imagining human rights photography: Ariella Azoulays intervention. In: Reporting Human Rights, Conflicts, and Peacebuilding : Critical and Global Perspectives. Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 203-220. ISBN 9783030107185

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Gormley and Allan focus on several pertinent theoretical contributions made by Ariella Azoulay that invite a radical rethinking of familiar assumptions regarding human rights photography. Having established a conceptual basis, they proceed to analyse several examples of photojournalists attempting to ‘activate’ viewers by inviting them to co-create photographic narratives via methods of hypertext and online archival interaction, and of International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) working to create projects which ‘speak’ to viewers by involving the children they seek to represent in the production of photography. It is argued that in taking up Azoulay’s call to rethink public relationships to human rights imagery, these projects represent progressive steps towards addressing the multifarious inequalities at stake. At the same time, however, realising this potential depends on making good the promise of rendering visible the normative ideals of human rights.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anna Gormley
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 09:55
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 10:00

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