Ariella Azoulay is Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, and an independent curator and filmmaker. She is the author of the groundbreaking book The Civil Contract of Photography (2008), which provides a compelling rethinking of the political and ethical status of photography. Azoulay was formerly professor of visual culture and contemporary philosophy at the Program for Culture and Interpretation, Bar Ilan University. She is also the author of Once Upon A Time: Photography Following Walter Benjamin and Death's Showcase: The Power of Image in Contemporary Democracy, winner of the 2002 Infinity Award for Writing presented by the International Center for Photography for excellence in the field of photography (MIT Press, 2001). In recent years, Azoulay has produced several documentary films that address different aspects of the history of Israel and Palestine.