Regarding the Pain of Others

Regarding the Pain of Others

Book - 2003
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Twenty-five years after her classic On Photography , Susan Sontag returns to the subject of visual representations of war and violence in our culture today.

How does the spectacle of the sufferings of others (via television or newsprint) affect us? Are viewers inured--or incited--to violence by the depiction of cruelty? In Regarding the Pain of Others , Susan Sontag takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and the Nazi death camps, to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine, and New York City on September 11, 2001.

In Regarding the Pain of Others Susan Sontag once again changes the way we think about the uses and meanings of images in our world, and offers an important reflection about how war itself is waged (and understood) in our time.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
ISBN: 9780312422196
Branch Call Number: 303. 6 SON
Characteristics: 131 p.


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Oct 13, 2017

This is actually a book about how war and the suffering of human beings are perceived through photography. Why do we get used to seeing images of people suffering? What should be our reaction? Should photographies of extreme suffering considered works of art, or are they a form of exploitation or manipulation? There's a lot to think about in this book.

Feb 06, 2016

Really interesting!

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