Photography and Memory: Rethinking May '68

Philosophy of Photography 2 (1):83-96 (2011)
This article takes as its starting point an exhibition of photographs of May '68 by photojournalist Bruno Barbey at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2008, in order to consider the role that photography has played in shaping the memory and the forgetting of May '68, 40 years on. The article examines the problematic of the documentation and display of protest photographs, focusing on how compositional decisions by the photographer have come to facilitate his photographs' subsequent institutional framing. On this basis I argue that the predominant representational modes support hegemonic narratives of the events of May '68 and highlight questions regarding the current difficulty of attending to the representation of collective political action
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1386/pop.2.1.83_1
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,217
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Blake Stimson (2010). Photography and Ontology. Philosophy of Photography 1 (1):41-47.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

30 ( #158,699 of 1,941,073 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #272,622 of 1,941,073 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.