Exposure: A civil politics of photography | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2040-3682
  • E-ISSN: 2040-3690



Exposure is key element of photography as well as in the relationship between the category of regime and the subjects it entails. This article sets out to re-examine the characteristics of exposure across these different contexts and on the basis of Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought. The article focuses on the relation between the practice of photography and civil actions pursued by human rights organizations. Combining theoretical ­considerations, analysis of photographs and interviews with human rights workers, the article points to the key role that exposure plays in civic action and seeks to articulate its complexity. Adopting an ­interdisciplinary methodology, the article argues that exposure is no simple relation between an ‘exposer’ and that which is ‘exposed’, but, rather, that as a process exposure reveals complex social political dynamics which defy ­conventional binary determinations of such relations.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): civil politics; exposure; human rights; Jean Luc Nancy; surveillance; testimony
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