Image Agents

Photographic Action in the Twentieth Century

Completed Book project

On the one hand, images steadily gain attention as historical sources and as subjects of research. On the other hand, those who produce, distribute, edit, sell or buy pictures often remain anonymous. This book aims at answering the question of how ‘photographic action’ comes to be a new form of political action that draws on the documentary force as well as on the subjective reality of photography. Given that photojournalism is at its best when in the context of war and the violation of human rights, the question of whether photography can change the course of politics will be addressed and answered on the basis of several case studies.

book published in 2016

Priv.-Doz. Dr.​ Annette Vowinckel

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 2.23
Phone: 0331/28991-28
Fax: 0331/28991-60

Email: vowinckel [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Image Agents

Photographic Action in the Twentieth Century

Completed Book project

On the one hand, images steadily gain attention as historical sources and as subjects of research. On the other hand, those who produce, distribute, edit, sell or buy pictures often remain anonymous. This book aims at answering the question of how ‘photographic action’ comes to be a new form of political action that draws on the documentary force as well as on the subjective reality of photography. Given that photojournalism is at its best when in the context of war and the violation of human rights, the question of whether photography can change the course of politics will be addressed and answered on the basis of several case studies.

book published in 2016

Priv.-Doz. Dr.​ Annette Vowinckel

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 2.23
Phone: 0331/28991-28
Fax: 0331/28991-60

Email: vowinckel [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung