Un-Still Life

  • Francesco Zucconi


This chapter opens with a reflection on the ability to produce a representation of “life” that is as direct as possible—an ability that runs through Caravaggio’s works—particularly focusing on the surfaces of bodies, on the skin. This question is then used as a key to understand some longstanding rhetorical devices underlying humanitarian photography. An analysis of a few famous shots and of some lesser-known and less widely circulated images offers the opportunity to draw a comparison with postcolonial studies and, in this way, to reflect on the relationship between systems of representation of the colonial past and those of the humanitarian present.

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  • Francesco Zucconi
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  1. 1.Iuav University of VeniceVeniceItaly

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