How does the “falling man” of DeLillo’s novel relate to the “falling man” of the essay by Tom Junot? Are they representations of the same thing? Please explain your answer with at least two quotes from each text.
According to Susan Sontag, what are the assumptions about trauma photography that most people hold? What arguments does she make in order to debunk those assumptions in Regarding the Pain of Others?
1. Please choose one photograph from the list of 10 most controversial photos of 2012 and post a brief response.
2. In addition, choose one photo selected by a classmate and reply with a brief response.
In Family Secrets, Annette Kuhn says, “The Photograph is a prop, a prompt, a pre-text: it sets the scene for recollection.” Please discuss this quote in light of the themes introduced in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.
Does Mitchell’s portrayal of Steichen’s life contribute in any way to your understanding of his vision of The Family of Man?
At the end of her essay, Marianne Hirsch says, “If The Family of Man is, in Alan Sekula’s terms, a ‘guidebook for the collapse of the political into the familial’, the camera, the family picture, and the family album are effective instruments of this collapse.” (69) Please explain this statement within the context of Hirsch’s broader discussion about the production and reception of Edward Steichen’s Family of Man exhibit at the MOMA in 1955 and its subsequent publication in book form.
Ethics Of Street Photography
Street photographer, Eric Kim, doesn’t feel comfortable photographing certain social situations. Please respond to his discussion of photographing these situations and people “humanely.” What is your reaction to excluding certain social situations or members of society from the corpus of historical documentation?