Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Photography and Atrocity

This webcast is part of an "ongoing inquiry into photography’s relation to atrocity". Every day newspapers feature photographs of atrocity from around the world. "But what is - or what should be - our response to these images?" Can we overcome our role as passive consumers of other people's suffering?

In December 2005 a conference was held at the City University of New York's Graduate Center in an attempt to identify the issues – and suggest some solutions. Entitled "Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis", the conference was co-organized by the University of Leeds and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center. The event marked an unprecedented collaboration, between photographers and artists, award-winning writers and international museum curators, news editors, non-governmental organization representatives, and academics. The Webcast provides a record of that intense day’s conversation: