January 15, 2018

New Publication: The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History

Throughout Germany's tumultuous twentieth century, photography was an indispensable form of documentation. Whether acting as artists, witnesses, or reformers, both professional and amateur photographers chronicled social worlds through successive periods of radical upheaval. The Ethics of Seeing, edited by Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann and published by by Berghahn Books in the GHI's series "Studies in German History," brings together an international group of scholars to explore the complex relationship between the visual and the historic in German history. Emphasizing the transformation of the visual arena and the ways in which ordinary people made sense of world events, these revealing case studies illustrate photography's multilayered role as a new form of representation, a means to subjective experience, and a fresh mode of narrating the past.

The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History, edited by Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, is the 21st volume to appear in the GHI series "Studies in German History" published in collaboration with Berghahn Books.