Daniel Foliard’s Combat, Punish, Photograph explores early conflict photography. The focus is on still images of physical and armed violence. The book is based on an extensive use of previously untapped archives, from private albums to pioneering photo agencies. It shows how French and British societies between the late 19th century and 1914 were regularly exposed to a range of raw images, contrary to the conventional wisdom that war in general, and colonial conflicts in particular, were invisible at the time. The expansion of empires in Asia and Africa in the late 19th century created a conflict-ridden world whose wars...
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