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Apocalyptic Sublime: On the Brighton Photo-Biennial

Edwards, Steve (2009). Apocalyptic Sublime: On the Brighton Photo-Biennial. Historical Materialism, 17(2) pp. 84–102.

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Based on an account of the Brighton Photo-Biennial 'Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War', curated by Julian Sallabrass in late 2008, this essay considers the photographic coverage of the recent imperialist interventions in the Middle East. Taking its cue from Stallabrass's event, it reflects on the decline of documentary and photojournalism since the Vietnam War and the current attenuated politics of the media. It argues that the problem of the sublime extends beyond the current genre of 'aftermath'-photography and asks what might constitutre a more cognitively adequate politics of the image.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009
ISSN: 1569-206X
Extra Information: A Farsi translation of this essay appeared in Saamaan no (No 8 & 9), 2009
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Art History
Item ID: 31125
Depositing User: Stephen Edwards
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 08:52
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:37
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