139 | CCN: 40956

The Rhetoric of Visual Witnessing

Instructor: Michael Mascuch,

What is the potential and what are the problems of still photography as a mode of witnessing? In this course we will consider the place of photography in the theory of witnessing and testimony, exploring the rhetorical relationship between picture making, culture and the representation of historical events. Readings will be drawn from recent works of theory, criticism and practice that variously address the status of the witness and techniques of observation, record and the photographic representation of catastrophe. Warning: this course will address historical issues and events that may be emotionally sensitive. Please discuss with the instructor if you have concerns.