Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Screening TortureMedia Representations of State Terror and Political Domination$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Fabiola Fernandez Salek

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153591

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153591.001.0001

Show Summary Details

The Art of Photogenic Torture

The Art of Photogenic Torture

(p.93) 5 The Art of Photogenic Torture
Screening Torture

Phil Carney

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the dynamics of sexual power and desire and how these can lead to murder and torture by focusing on the films Psycho and Peeping Tom. Photographic spectacle had progressively expanded since its first stirrings in the mid-nineteenth century. One important turning point was the decade of the 1920s, when a truly mass cinematic culture coincided with both the appearances of news and fashion magazines and the increasing popularity of portable snapshot cameras. Another turning point was the moment which proliferated the image world of television, youth consumerism, fashion, and pop music, and which was accompanied by further developments in camera technology enabling even faster, more portable cameras. Out of this world emerged a new class of professional photographers and a photography that no longer deferred to the world in its lens. This chapter examines photogenic torture in Psycho and Peeping Tom in relation to violent fantasies of psychoanalysis.

Keywords:   sexual power, desire, murder, torture, film, Psycho, Peeping Tom, photographic spectacle, photography, photogenic torture

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .