Perpetrator photography

This op-ed was published in the New York Times today and relates to some of the issues about photography that we’ll talk about in class. The author asserts that whereas photographs were used in the earlier twentieth century as a way of exposing atrocities carried out by governments or others in the context of war, in the post-9/11 world it is used by the perpetrators of violence as an advertisement for their own cruel power. Do you agree? What does it mean, then, to look at these photographs? Does the role of viewers also change?


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