• Gustavo Racy deposited To Make See and to Let Die: photography and testimony on Humanities Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    The focus of this article is a speculative argument on the relation between
    photography and testimony as one that situates the viewer on a particularly
    powerless, but responsibility-laden position. Articulating Nilufër Demir’s viral
    2015 photograph of Aylan Kurdi, and Walter Kleinfeldt’s 1918 photograph of an
    unknown fallen soldier, as images bearing the marks of shifts in biopolitics, the
    article takes up on Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Georges Didi-Huberman
    and Giorgio Agamben, and reflects upon the possibility of addressing and
    responding to images beyond a moral level. As such, it inquires on the need to
    relate to images on a level that considers power relations. Ultimately showing
    that observers, or viewers, of photographs are necessarily tied to the unfolding
    of human history, no matter how distant they may be from its events, the article
    proposes a response to the need of assuming a political stance when facing