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Formal Feelings

Walter Benn Michaels

in The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226210261
eISBN:
9780226210438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226210438.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

What is the relation between a photograph of something beautiful and a photograph that is itself beautiful? The photograph’s distinctive link to its referent (its indexicality) has made it a crucial ... More


Never Again, or Nevermore

Walter Benn Michaels

in The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226210261
eISBN:
9780226210438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226210438.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

Just as Maggie Nelson’s Jane has a picture of the real (non-fictional) Jane at its center, so does Jonathan Littell’s novel, The Kindly Ones, originate with the photo of a Russian partisan, killed by ... More


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