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THE HUMAN SNAPSHOT. Ed. by Thomas Keenan and Tirdad Zolghadr. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013. Published in association with LUMA Foundation, Feldmeilen, and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 352 pp. with 159 ills. (32 col.). 27 x 19 cm. ISBN 9783943365634 In English.
Publisher's description: The 1955 exhibition The Family of Man, first shown at MoMA, used a panorama of 503 photographs from 68 countries to construct an optimistic percept of the common human experience. Eventually traveling the world as an agent of US cultural diplomacy, it has been criticized for its totalizing use of photography particularly from developing nations to render a falsely universal and humanistic narrative. This handsome reader (drawn from a conference in Arles, France, in 2011) looks to The Family of Man as a starting point to examine the contemporary relationship between curatorial practice and human rights. Original contributions from cultural theorists, photo historians, curators and artists -- including Ariella Azoulay, Hal Foster, Alex Klein and Hito Steyerl wrestle with potential applications of the exhibition's themes.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 156867
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