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Image OperationsVisual media and political conflict$
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Jens Eder and Charlotte Klonk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526107213

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526107213.001.0001

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Photographic archives and archival entities

Photographic archives and archival entities

(p.151) 11 Photographic archives and archival entities
Image Operations

Ariella Azoulay

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the modus operandi of photographic archives as well as modes of intervention in its operation. Based on the assumption that the event of photography as multiple, as something that may take place even before or without the operation of the camera, and even without photographs to be seen, it proposes and explores different photographic entities: untaken, inaccessible and unshowable photographs. These entities question common descriptions of silences in the archives and ‘missing’ or inexistent photographs, formerly understood as ‘holes’ in or silence of the archive. In the chapter, they are discussed as concrete presences that initiate deliberative processes.

Keywords:   Photography as vernacular practice, Photographic archives, Unshowable photographs, Palestine, International Committee of the Red Cross

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