Week #7 Seminar Discussion Questions

Assigned Reading: Carol Freeman, “Imaging Extinction: Disclosure and Revision in Photographs of the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger).” Society & Animals 15, no. 3 (2007): 241-56.
Discussion Leaders: Matt, Alexandra, Kate

1. In the article Freemen states that: “photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are..” Is there truth in this statement and are there any instances where photography can be argued to be separate from art? How do aesthetics affect this relationship?

2. Why is it important to consider “the gaze” and “spectacle” when looking at photographs of the thylacine?

3. In what ways was the thylacine improperly represented? How do power dynamics influence how we can perceive these images and the animal itself?

4. In the case of the Thylacine, did either animal or human benefit from the act and outcome of photography?

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