Feminism and photography: languages of exposure

Evans, Jessica (2000). Feminism and photography: languages of exposure. In: Carson, Fiona and Pajaczkowska, Claire eds. Feminist Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 105–120.

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Summarising the relationship of feminism and photography presents a significant challenge since the relationship between a political and social movement and the study of a visual medium is not a straightforward one. There is now a venerable body of work on the politics of representation and the visual image, based variously in feminist film theory, photography and art history, and cultural and media studies. However, this work has tended to privilege textual investigations based in the rhetoric of the image, drawing out the effects of representation in terms of ideology and power. Accordingly, the politics of representation often turns out to be the same politics, regardless of whether the kind of object under investigation is, for example, a film, painting, advertisement, or television programme.

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