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1st Edition

Images, Ethics, Technology

Edited By

Sharrona Pearl

ISBN 9781138935150
Published October 19, 2015 by Routledge
222 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Images, Ethics, Technology explores the changing ethical implications of images and the ways they are communicated and understood.

It emphasises how images change not only through their modes of representation, but through our relationship to them. In order to understand images, we must understand how they are produced, communicated, and displayed.

Each of the 14 essays chart the relationship to technology as part of a larger complex social and cultural matrix, highlighting how these relations constrain and enable notions of responsibility with respect to images and what they represent. They demonstrate that as technology develops and changes, the images themselves change, not just with respect to content, but in the very meanings and indices they produce.

This is a collection that not only asks: who speaks for the art? But also: who speaks for the witnesses, the cameras, the documented, the landscape, the institutional platforms, the taboos, those wishing to be forgotten, those being seen and the experience of viewing itself?

Images, Ethics, Technology is ideal for advanced level students and researchers in media and communications, visual culture and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


  1. Relating Images
  2. Sharrona Pearl

    Section I: Authorizing Images

  3. Introduction: Interrogating the Authority of the Image
  4. Nora Draper

  5. Technologies of Bystanding: Learning to See Like a Bystander
  6. Carrie A. Rentschler

  7. Professionalizing Police Media Work: Surveillance Video and the Forensic Sensibility
  8. Kelly Gates

  9. Collision in a Courtroom
  10. Constance Penley

  11. "Who speaks for the art?"
  12. Larry Gross

    Section II: Memorializing Images

  13. Introduction: Residual/Visual: Images and their Specters
  14. Kevin Gotkin

  15. Facebook Photography and the Demise of Kodak and Polaroid
  16. Marita Sturken

  17. Forgiving without Forgetting: Contending with Digital Memory
  18. Ira Wagman

  19. Ambiguity, Cinema and the Digital Documentary Image
  20. Roderick Coover

    Section III: Embodying Images

  21. Introduction: Subjectification as Embodiment; Subjectification is Embodiment
  22. Alexandra Sastre and Nicholas Gilewicz

  23. The Autonomy of the Eye: Neuro-politics and Population in Design and Cybernetics
  24. Orit Halpern

  25. Sensory Topographies of Wind and Power in Kansas
  26. Lisa Cartwright and Steven Rubin

  27. The Face as a Medium

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Sharrona Pearl is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a book entitled Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other.