The Family of Man as a visual Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Ariella Azoulay

with Ariella Azoulay

Participant(s)  Ariella Azoulay
Year  2011

The exhibition The Family of Man was a landmark event in the history of photography and human rights. It was visited by millions of spectators across the world and was an object of critique that has become paradigmatic in the fields of visual culture and critical theory.

Roland Barthes was the leading voice. He shaped the intellectual reception of the exhibition and set the tone for later critics. A contemporary revision of The Family of Man should start with questioning Barthes's observation and his role as a viewer.

With Ariella Azoulay, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies.

Conference organized as part of The Human Snapshot Symposium.

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