The Photographic Stare

Andrews, Jorella G.. 2011. The Photographic Stare. Philosophy of Photography, 2(1), pp. 41-56. ISSN 20403682 [Article]

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Using an image taken by Reuters’ photographer Nicky Loh during the 2009 earthquake in Sumatra, this article rethinks in positive terms the experience of being captivated by photographs, including ‘disaster’ photographs that are often described as problematically spectacularizing. In order to do this I bring together two propositions, that of the photograph as a uniquely articulated prosthetic stare on the one hand, and as an inorganic but powerful ‘agent’ or ‘actor’ on the other. My main theoretical resources come from Donna Haraway’s well-known 1988 essay ‘Situated knowledges’ and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s 1961 essay ‘Eye and mind’.

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stare,situated knowledge,look,ethics of spectatorship,agency,

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


September 2011Published

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Date Deposited:

05 Dec 2011 14:51

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 13:04

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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