The photographs of Zygmunt Bauman

Edited by Peter Beilharz and Janet Wolff

The photographs of Zygmunt Bauman
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  • ISBN: 9781526168429
  • Publish Date: Jun 2023
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6842-9
    • Pages: 152
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: June 2023


    Zygmunt Bauman is known internationally as the sociologist of postmodernity and 'liquid' society. But he was also a serious photographer. This book presents a selection of his black-and-white photographs, together with a range of essays by colleagues, friends and family about his work with images.

    The book features a mixture of short pieces on individual photographs and longer essays addressing aspects of Bauman's photography and the life and work of his wife, Janina. These include an essay of Bauman's from 1989, in which he considers Monika Krajewska's photographs of abandoned Jewish graveyards in Poland. Also reprinted is an essay by Bauman's daughter Lydia, taken from the catalogue of an exhibition of the photographs in 2010, and an essay by Keith Tester about Bauman's interest in film. Jack Palmer discusses the relationship between Bauman's sociology and his photography, while Peter Beilharz, Janet Wolff, and Antony Bryant and Griselda Pollock offer personal reflections on some of Bauman's photographs. The book concludes with an essay by Karl Dudman, one of the Baumans' grandchildren, based on a series of photographs he took in the family home shortly after his grandfather's death.

    Janina Bauman appears in a number of ways in the book. Some of the photographs are of her, and several of the short essays discuss her place in Zygmunt's life and work. Izabela Wagner, biographer of Zygmunt Bauman, presents new material on Janina's work in the Polish film industry in the post-war period.


    Introduction: the photographs of Zygmunt Bauman
    Figures, images, spaces: the place of photography Peter Beilharz
    Pictures in words, words in pictures (2010) Lydia Bauman
    Michael Sfard Photograph essay
    Antony Bryant and Griselda Pollock Photograph essay
    The war against forgetfulness (1989) Zygmunt Bauman
    Sofia Hepworth Photograph essay
    Lydia Bauman Photograph essay
    Praxis, time, seeing: thoughts on the relationship between Zygmunt Bauman's sociology and his photography Jack Palmer
    Peter Beilharz Photograph essay
    Emi Sfard Photograph essay
    Captured by Zygmunt Janet Wolff
    Anna Sfard Photograph essay
    Sian Supski Photograph essay
    Janina Bauman in Film Polski: window to the free world Izabela Wagner
    Hana Bauman-Lyons Photograph essay
    Janet Wolff Photograph essay
    Bauman and Tester at the movies Peter Beilharz
    Bauman and Bergman: a short note (2014) Keith Tester
    Ben Hepworth Photograph essay
    Karl Dudman Photograph essay
    Gazing sociologically, thinking photographically, deciphering gender Antony Bryant and Griselda Pollock
    Alex Bauman-Lyons Photograph essay
    Irena Bauman Photograph essay
    Smoke-filled rooms: photographs from the Bauman home Karl Dudman


    Peter Beilharz is Professor of Critical Theory at Sichuan University. He is the author of more than a dozen books and a founding editor of the journal Thesis Eleven.

    Janet Wolff is Professor Emerita in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. She is the author of several books on the sociology of art and of the family memoir Austerity Baby.

    The photographs of Zygmunt Bauman

    Edited by Peter Beilharz, Janet Wolff

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