Posts Tagged ‘Susan Sontag’

Photography and the “saving action”

By Kristian Jebsen The patients lay on ragged mats on the concrete floor, their ankles chained to the wall. A man rolled over and emptied his bladder into a narrow gutter that ran the length of the building. The piss ran by my feet and into the courtyard. I had to take a picture. Or […]


To show or not to show: videos of vulnerable sources

By Lex Talamo “Photographic and video images can reveal great truths, expose wrong doing and neglect, inspire hope and understanding, and connect people around the globe through the language of visual understanding. Photographs can also cause great harm if they are callously intrusive or are manipulated.”—National Press Photographers Association’s Code of Ethics For decades, viewers […]


Art and photography at Auschwitz

By Jessica Davey-Quantick There is an image of fuzzy kittens cavorting on the wall of one of the bathrooms at Auschwitz 1. “Prisoners did it,” says Pawel Sawicki, who works in the press office at Auschwitz. He calls the kittens “semi-official art”: art that was not exactly approved, but likely did not attract punishment. In […]


Bearing witness through photography

By Lindsey Anderson Disclaimer: This post contains an image that may be disturbing to some viewers.  Gruesome images have existed as long as photography has, but they seem to have pervaded modern life because of social media. On Facebook or YouTube, viewers can find videos of Islamic State militants viciously killing prisoners or photographs of […]