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THE SUFFERER AS MODEL IN PHOTOJOURNALISM: notes on the limit of identity

Keywords: Model , Suffering , Photojournalism , Singularity , Politics of Visibility

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Suffering has been caused by press photographs ever since the start of Modern times. Sufferers in galleries exhibit the marks of their misfortunes as a legitimate record of wars, attempts, diseases. Anchored on an acute indicial character, such images also constitute and intensify a complex field of visibility in which disputes and access or placement pacts come into action. The purpose of this text is to discuss the means for turning suffering into a classificationin which it associates the sufferer with a condition of belonging. Thus, tied to an identity, body and expression would serve solelythe conformation of an ethos, as an exemplary model of personage. In order to describe these strategies, we seek to reflect on affective experiences in this universe of images from the perspective of apossible encounter with what is singular, with any one subject, which is brought about by image.

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