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: