Photography and Its Violations poses a world-transforming ethical challenge to photography's makers, subjects, and viewers alike: to reveal or conceal the exercise of power. Armed with John Roberts's insights into the often insidious, sometimes enfranchising, always intricate interplay of these two opposing violations, sensitive readers will be empowered and emboldened as they battle for position amid the tsunami of photographs that has come to define our world.
This book explains why photography as journalism still matters. Photographs can show us what must be seen but which we'd rather not see. Even as photographic art objects (Charlotte Cotton's new book shows examples) have become popular, the public should also value a type of photography where the photographer has put himself in the course of events, and the photographs, therefore have a social ontotology.
This author makes a logical and powerful argument. If you like reading Alan Sekula, Sally Stein or John Berger, you will enjoy this book. Even if you prefer Barthe's general approach (that would be me) Roberts' perspective is important to consider.
The section on lomography culture was news to me and quite inspiring. I now want to join a local lomography photo club.