Reference : Beyond the collapse of language? Photographs of children in postwar Europe as perform...
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Arts & humanities : History
Educational Sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/32972
Beyond the collapse of language? Photographs of children in postwar Europe as performances and relational objects
English
Priem, Karin mailto [University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > >]
2017
Paedagogica Historica
Routledge
53
6
Images and films as objects to think with: A reappraisal of visual studies in history of education
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
0030-9230
[en] World War II ; Children ; Werner Bischof
[en] This paper explores photographs of children, taken after 1945 by the Swiss photographer Werner Bischof (1916–1954), as visual objects and social agents. In the summer of 1945, Bischof embarked on his first journey through war-ravaged Western Europe – specifically Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands – to visually capture the lives of men, women, and children who had experienced the destruction, cruelties and trauma of World War II.
Bischof’s photographic mission focused on children in particular. His ambitions drew upon the power of photography to present, represent, and perform, to make and articulate histories, to evoke emotions, and to relate to and resonate with various audiences. This very agency of photography, which has been argued by Bischof and also serves as a central hypothesis of this paper, is intensified when a photographer works with children and thus enhances and more strongly emphasises photography’s inherent and irreducible agency. The paper looks at how Bischof’s photographs, as performances, not only evoked but also disturbed and disrupted narratives of war-ravaged Europe.
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Public History and Outreach (PHO)
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/32972
10.1080/00309230.2017.1371776

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