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    Stilling the punch: boxing, violence and the photographic image

    Nead, Lynda (2011) Stilling the punch: boxing, violence and the photographic image. Journal of Visual Culture 10 (3), pp. 305-323. ISSN 1470-4129.

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    Abstract

    Boxing is arguably one of the most visually arresting of sports; its images as potent and corporeal as the sport itself. This paper focuses on one category of boxing picture, the photograph of a head punch – the image taken at the moment when the gloved fist of a boxer makes contact with the opponent’s face. Features distorted by the force of the blow, the head recoiled with its weight and power, the image is both fascinating and repulsive. To understand the aesthetics of this genre of boxing image is to comprehend some of the most fundamental questions concerning the pleasures and horrors of visual representation. To gaze at the stilled moment of this attack on the face is to reflect on the complex historical relationship between violence and the photographic image

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): aesthetics, the body, boxing, masculinity, pain, photography, sport, violence
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centre: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Lynda Nead
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 16:47
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:27
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5873

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