Interview with Ariella Azoulay

Authored by: Ariella Azoulay , Justin Carville

The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138845770
eBook ISBN: 9781315727998
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Moving from the dichotomy between photographer–subject and subject–viewer relations to a tripartite model of the political and social relations of the photographic act as incorporating photographer, subject, and viewer, Azoulay’s work has sought to set out a re-theorization of photography. This interview raises points of discussion around the theoretical and political underpinning of Azoulay’s work, including the arguments set out in Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography (20012), and provides Azoulay’s thoughts for unlearning the critical theory of the last three decades, which has limited the questioning and possibilities of photography as a space of political and civil imagination.

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