[237120, A2] Wk 5: Task 2 – Sturken & Cartwright Doing Visual Analysis

Sturken and Cartwright’s discussion of the photographs by the photographer Weegee working from the US was incredibly adept in showing the power of visual imagery. The theme of violence prevalent in the discussion burns through the emotionally detached academic language. This is due to the stark horror of the subjects of the photographs having a deep impact on the viewer, because of what they reflect of ourselves as humans. This relates to the concept of power dynamics mentioned earlier in the chapter (Sturken and Cartwright 9-11). The photographer holds power in the way in which they choose to represent the subject; while we as viewers are forced to see the violent nature within ourselves through the humans depicted.

Works Cited:

  • Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 9-48. Print.