This chapter is concerned with issues surrounding documentary photography of atrocities and art based on such images. It begins with a critical account of the controversy surrounding the 2001 exhibition in Paris of photographs of Nazi concentration and death camps. Some critics condemned the exhibition for compromising the “unimaginability of the horror of the death camps.” Didi-Huberman’s subsequent book, Images in Spite of All: Four Images from Auschwitz, is an eloquent plea for the exercise our imagination in an effort to represent the ‘unrepresentable’. The horrors of Holocaust and other historical atrocities are imaginable, he argues, if only in a fragmentary way. Critical debates surrounding the work of Gerhard Richter and Christian Boltanski are reassessed in this context.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.