'The Human Snapshot draws upon a conference of the same name organized by the LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College that took place in Arles, France, in 2011. The conference contributions and subsequent essays examine contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art and photography. The look toward these two terms stems from theorist Ariella Azoulay’s research on the seminal exhibition “The Family of Man,” first installed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, which she frames as a lens through which to view universalism at play. These values have been under conceptual assault in recent years, yet they continue to proliferate — even through the visual arts, where humanism and universalism are customarily dismissed. The Human Snapshot takes these themes and wrestles with their application in the use of photography, the exhibition format, contemporary democracy, human rights discourse, and the power of the image at large.' - from publisher's website

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Introduction: The Sandwich - Tirdad ZOLGHADR
'The Family of Man': A Visual Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Ariella AZOULAY
Notes on Display, and a Work by Alejandra Riera - Roger M. BUERGEL
A Brief Encounter with Fine Art, Universality, and Other Weathered Notions - Bassam El BARONI
The Colonial Modern: Of Pythons, Airplanes, and Donkeys - Marion VON OSTEN
Tropicale Modernite - Dominique GONZALEZ-FOERSTER
A Xenophobic Democracy - Michel FEHER
Reimagining the Common: Rethinking the Refugee Experience - Sandi HILAL, Alessandro PETTI
Spectators of the Now, the Now of Spectatorship - Katya SANDER
The Politics of Neutrality: Constructing a Global Civility - Suhail MALIK
Missing People: Entanglement, Superposition, and Exhumation as Sites of Indeterminacy - Hito STEYERL
The Image is the Bone! - Eyal WEIZMAN
Notes on the Double Bind of Universalism and the Image of Earth - Anselm FRANKE
Humanist Correspondence - Alex KLEIN
Toward a Grammar of Emergency - Hal FOSTER
Copia - Denis HOLLIER
Fragments of Humanity - Georges DIDI-HUBERMAN
Afterword: Two Snapshots - Thomas KEENAN
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The Human Snapshot