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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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    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


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): aesthetics, the body, boxing, masculinity, pain, photography, sport, violence
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Lynda Nead
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 16:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:01


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