Series Editors: Jane M. Gaines and Michael Renov
Public confidence in the “real” is everywhere in decline, and cultural and historical representation is ubiquitously in question in film, documentary, video production, photography, and media. The Visible Evidence series offers a forum for the in-depth consideration of the representation of the real with books that challenge prevailing notions of the “documentary tradition” and nonfiction culture. Through anthologies on major topics (such as feminism and documentary, queer documentary, and mockumentaries) that feature contributions by prominent film scholars and filmmakers, to focused studies of home movies, Holocaust imagery, and individual international filmmakers or national media practices, Visible Evidence presents original ethnographic research and intellectually rigorous commentary on visual representation throughout a broad range of cinematic and artistic genres.
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Books in this Series
“Night and Fog” A Film in History A microhistory of arguably the most important documentary ever made
Ferocious Reality Documentary according to Werner Herzog A look at the illustrious director’s paradoxical relationship with documentary
Creating the Witness Documenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the Internet How film and media inspire a response to genocide as an international crime
Cinema’s Alchemist The Films of Péter Forgács Multiple views of the famed Hungarian filmmaker and installation artist who turns home movies into history
Recording Reality, Desiring the Real Addressing the paradox of documentary
The Right to Play Oneself Looking Back on Documentary Film Discussions of “committed” documentary by a “committed” historian of film
First Person Jewish An innovative examination of the interrelation between first person filmmaking and collective identity
Documentary Time Film and Phenomenology An innovative theoretical reassessment of temporality in documentary films
Circuits of Culture Media, Politics, and Indigenous Identity in the Andes A surprising study of how images of Andean Indianness have been popularized in Bolivian media
Shimmering Screens Making Media in an Aboriginal Community Reconsiders the interplay between aboriginal communities and media
Forest of Pressure Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary An original examination of the postwar Japanese documentary
F Is for Phony Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing The first sustained critique of the mockumentary
The Subject of Documentary Provides a historical and theoretical context for understanding the role of subjectivity in documentary filmmaking
Japanese Documentary Film The Meiji Era through Hiroshima The first English-language examination of this vital cinematic tradition
Nacho López, Mexican Photographer Reveals the career of an influential but under-appreciated photojournalist
Ciné-Ethnography Documenting the influential career of the legendary French documentary filmmaker
There’s No Place Like Home Video Defines, examines, and elevates home video to its rightful place
An American Family A Televised Life The first in-depth look at this pioneering "reality TV" documentary.
Wiping the War Paint off the Lens Native American Film and Video The first comprehensive exploration of Native American filmmaking and video production.
Women of Vision Histories in Feminist Film and Video Legends and rising stars of feminist film and video tell their stories.
Emile de Antonio A Reader An absorbing collection of writings by and about an American original.
States of Emergency Documentaries, Wars, Democracies A passionate argument for the importance of radical documentary and experimental filmmaking in the face of rapid technological and political change.
Collecting Visible Evidence A redefinition of the nature of documentary film.
Feminism and Documentary The first book of essays to explore the intersection of these two vital disciplines.
Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions A powerful and personal exploration of the line between truth and fiction, by a celebrated filmmaker.
Trespassing through Shadows Memory, Photography, and the Holocaust The first book to interpret the role of photography in current representations of the Holocaust.
Technologies of Truth Cultural Citizenship and the Popular Media Offers an original and refreshing discussion of the media’s effect on everyday culture.
Between the Sheets, In the Streets Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary The first book to focus on the connections between sexuality, activism, and documentary film.
Night and Fog: Making of a classic documentary Aug 10, 2015 Book review in Shepherd Express.
Leonardo on Ferocious Reality Aug 05, 2013 "For those familiar with the documentary films of Werner Herzog, the title of Eric Ames’ book, Ferocious Reality, may point towards Herzog’s vision of a merciless nature, but at the same time as the author informs us, it comes from an essay by Amos Vogel on the taboo of showing death on film."
Ecstatic Truth: 'Ferocious Reality' Dissects Herzog's Doc Aesthetic Mar 25, 2013 International Documentary Association reviews Eric Ames' book.
Fuse Book/Film Review: Director Werner Herzog Captures Ferocious Reality Dec 16, 2012 In his book Ferocious Reality, Eric Ames offers an insightful, well organized, and readable study of Werner Herzog’s documentary work that explores the director’s earliest films as well as his most recent.
Devoid of Verite Nov 24, 2012 The House Next Door reviews Eric Ames's FEROCIOUS REALITY: DOCUMENTARY ACCORDING TO WERNER HERZOG.