Reading as critical encounter

Reading as critical encounter - Andrew Lazarow A PICTURE IS...

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Andrew Lazarow 9/22/09 A PICTURE IS MORE THAN JUST 1000 WORDS In today’s world technology is advancing faster than we could have ever imagined. One hundred years ago, for people to try and remember a moment, they would paint a picture or just rely on their memory. Now all a person has to do is push a button and the moment will be captured on a screen right in front of them. This advancement in photography has changed our society, culture and even the way we communicate. Sturken and Cartwright wrote that today “[people] use images to understand, describe and define the world as we see it.” (2001)(p. 12) This claim is supported by the essays “Practices of Looking: Images, Power, and Politics” by Sturken and Cartwright, “The Politics of Staring” by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and “Regarding the Torture of Others” by Susan Sontag. These writers use claims of their own, that are backed up by evidence, to support this main claim. Sturken and Cartwright’s essay is about the way people create, view and analyze photographs. The way a photograph is viewed starts with the person taking the picture. When the person is taking this picture, they are always using some degree of subjective choice. Sturken and Cartwright use an example of a surveillance camera. Although the camera may be set to watch specific area, that area was selected by a person for some reason. The person could have moved the camera a little to the left or right, but they chose that exact spot. Every detail in deciding what goes into the image effects what a person gets out of that image. In Garland- Thomson’s essay she explains how disability imagery is taken to show four visual rhetorics, including the wondrous, the sentimental, the exotic, and the realistic (2002) (p. 157). Because the pictures are shot in a specific way, people view this culture of disabled people in the same way they view the pictures. The photograph of Charles Tripp shows wonder because everything in the
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