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War // Photography // Violence

Journée d’étude


12 Déc.   |   13 Déc.


Combatants have documented their experiences of war and violence in photographs since the invention of the camera. Images immortalized by soldiers have become a tangible social phenomenon and mass medium. Historical snapshots thus provide a useful tool for scholars to peel back the layers of conflict, for they offer insight about soldiers, non-combatants, and what one might designate cultures of violence. Often, servicemen at war cannot recall their actions or feelings during battles or other specific acts of violence. Many may not even remember why they participated in these operations.
Considered within their specific historical, geographical, and political contexts, so-called vernacular photography renders the lived experiences of war a concrete phenomenon. Probing the interstices between amateur and official wartime photographs, this workshop challenges the events captured in these images by interrogating the legacies of military masculinities, memory, and post-war societies: What past is inscribed onto wartime photographs? What past do they project onto the present? Finally, what are the ways in which such seemingly superficial tokens of war can harbor historical significance?

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