The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History

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Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts, Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Berghahn Books, Jan 9, 2018 - History - 306 pages

Throughout Germany’s tumultuous twentieth century, photography was an indispensable form of documentation. Whether acting as artists, witnesses, or reformers, both professional and amateur photographers chronicled social worlds through successive periods of radical upheaval. The Ethics of Seeing brings together an international group of scholars to explore the complex relationship between the visual and the historic in German history. Emphasizing the transformation of the visual arena and the ways in which ordinary people made sense of world events, these revealing case studies illustrate photography’s multilayered role as a new form of representation, a means to subjective experience, and a fresh mode of narrating the past.


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Jennifer Evans is Professor of Modern European History at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada. She has co-edited several books on same-sex desire in twentieth-century Europe, including Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe since 1945 (2014) and Was ist Homosexualität? (2014), in addition to her monograph Life among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (2011). She recently edited a special issue of German History entitled “Queering German History.”

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