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Gestures of Seeing: Amateur Photographers in the News
Stockholms universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för mediestudier, JMK.
2013 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Muntlig presentation med publicerat abstract (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the amateur photographer as a common figure in contemporary news photographs, focusing on how the amateur’s gestures signify in journalism’s coverage of media events. Drawing on theories of photography as performance and ritual, I argue that the presence of the non-professional in the news photograph destabilizes journalistic discourse by challenging the role of the professional photographer and by redefining the event and its meanings. This is especially critical in coverage of catastrophic events, when the amateur’s gestures become a form of witnessing, carrying both private and collective meanings for how the event will be understood in the future. I conclude with a discussion of how journalism resolves this challenge by employing the image of the amateur instrumentally as “eyewitness” in a move that retains journalism’s authority while acknowledging the vernacular perspective and the values of participatory media culture.

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2013.
Nyckelord [en]
Photojournalism, amateur photographers, media events, performance, witnessing
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Forskningsämne
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98161DiVA, id: diva2:682902
Konferens
International Communication Association Conference, London, UK, 17-21 June, 2013
Forskningsfinansiär
Vetenskapsrådet, 421-2009-1935Tillgänglig från: 2013-12-30 Skapad: 2013-12-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-10-14Bibliografiskt granskad

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