Sarah Bassnett, Andrea Noble, and Thy Phu
Visual Studies 30.2 (2015)
What did the Cold War look like? And what did it mean to look during the period of global history that ran approximately from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s? That is, what was the role of visuality at a time when, according to conventional accounts, the world divided along an East–West ideological axis? The Cold War enters the Western visual field most clearly through iconic images that served manifold functions, the most important of which were the flexing of military muscle and the waging of ideological battle. We contend that pivotal questions of visuality are integral to an analysis of the global Cold War.
Diasporic Vietnamese Family Photographs, Orphan Images, and the Art of Recollection
Trans Asia Photography Review
Volume 5, Issue 1: Photography and Diaspora, guest edited by Anthony W. Lee
Photographs lie at the core of the Vietnamese diaspora, especially for those who struggle to piece together incomplete stories told by images, many of which were defaced, discarded, or destroyed. At the same time, such photos represent a tie to the families left behind, whether as memories of artifacts that no longer exist or as surviving images that evoke layers of memories.
Despite the prominence of these stories of visual longing among diasporic Vietnamese, however, few critics have paid careful attention to them. How has photography — especially family photography — affected this community? This paper explores the function of family images in recent projects by first- and second-wave refugees
Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2014
How does the analytic of feeling transform our understanding of photography? In what ways do photos influence affect theorists? Feeling Photography is a book, co-edited by Thy Phu and Elspeth Brown, that explores the affective life of images.
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History, Modernity and Atrocity in Mexican Visual Culture
Bulletin of Spanish Studies
92 (3) (ISSN 1478 3428).
This article takes as its starting point the striking juxtaposition of the commemorative activities of 2010 surrounding the celebrations of the bicentenary of the struggle for Independence and the centenary of the outbreak of revolution and the circulation of atrocity images charting the so-called ‘War on drugs’ within the pages of Mexico’s respected news weekly Proceso.
Recognizing Historical Injustice through Photography: Mexico 1968
Theory, Culture & Society
27(7/8): 184-213 (ISSN 0263-2764)
This article explores the role of photography in the global work of justice by way of a case study. It focuses on the publication, in December 2001, of a set of photographs by the Mexican newsweekly Proceso, depicting events that occurred in Mexico City on 2 October 1968.
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