The Violence of the Image Photography and International Conflict

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-09-25
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris
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Photography has visualized international relations and conflicts from the mid-nineteenth century onwards and continues to be an important medium in framing the worlds of distant and suffering others. The Violence of the Image examines the roles of image producers and the functions of photographic imagery in the documentation and communication of wars, violent conflicts and human rights issues. The book focuses on photojournalism, the premier visual genre in news media framing of international affairs through much of the twentieth century. Many photojournalists promote an ethos of critique, ethically underwritten by the idea of 'witnessing' and affective appeals to action based on displays of human suffering. The book deals with the much-cited concept of 'compassion fatigue' and shows how public commitment to such a 'documentary ethos' remains strong today. The Violence of the Image also engages with the ways in which the newer vernacular and artistic modes of photographic production, including digital photography, camera phones and social media platforms, articulate international friction. Illustrated in color and in black and white, this is a welcome, innovative contribution to writing and thinking on media and conflict.

Author Biography

Liam Kennedy is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (1995) and Race and Urban Space in American Culture (2000), and editor of Urban Space and Representation (1999), The Visual Culture of Urban Regeneration (2004), and The Wire: Race, Class and Genre (2012).

Caitlin Patrick was Postdoctoral Fellow for the Photography and International Conflict project at University College Dublin from 2008-2011 and she is currently a Research Associate for Bournemouth University on a joint project entitled I-Witnessing: Global Crisis Reporting Through the Amateur Lens.

Table of Contents

Liam Kennedy and Caitlin Patrick: Introduction

Part One: Framing Civil and (Post)Colonial Conflict

1. Christina Twomey The Incorruptible Kodak: Photography, Human Rights and the Congo Campaign
2. Liam Kennedy: Afterimages: Photojournalism and the Vietnam War
3. Justin Carville: The Violence of the Image: Photography, Conflict and Northern Ireland
4. Joseph McGonagle: Making Images During the Guerre Sans Images: Photography and the Algerian Civil War

Part Two: Human Rights, Compassion and the Ethics of Seeing

5. Paul Lowe: Politics of Witnessing in Bosnia (title to be confirmed)
6. Wendy Kozol: Witnessing Precarity: Photojournalism, Women's/Human Rights Photography and the War in Afghanistan
7. David Campbell: Photographs at Work: The Myth of Compassion Fatigue
8. Robert Hariman: Watching War Evolve

???Part Three: ?Beyond Photojournalism

9. Thomas Keenan: A Photograph of a Photograph from Fallujah
10. Ariella Azoulay: Infra-destruction
11. Caitlin Patrick: Ruins & Traces: Exhibiting Conflict in Guy Tillim's Leopold & Mobutu
12. Kari Andén-Papadopoulos: The On-Camera Killing of Gaddafi: Citizen Camera-Witnessing and the Rise of 'Convergent Journalism'
13. Stuart Allan: Photo-Reportage of the Libyan Conflict


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