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Gestures of Seeing: Amateur Photographers in the News
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)In: Visual Communication Studies, 2013Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Today journalistic photographs often include people taking their own pictures of the event.  Over the past decade, the camera in the hands of the amateur has become a common attribute of the news photograph. The gestures associated with amateur digital photography have in turn gained meanings that alter the situations, places and settings where they are used.  The argument I develop in this article is that the image of the amateur photographer, documenting events as they unfold, signifies in specific ways that have become constitutive of media events.  Further, I argue that the presence of the non-professional in the news photograph shifts and destabilizes journalistic discourse, first as a challenge to the authority of the professional photographer, and second as a comment on and possible redefinition of the event and its significance.


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Keyword [en]
Photojournalism, amateur photographers, media events, performance, witnessing
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98161OAI: diva2:682902
International Communication Association, London, June 2013
Swedish Research Council, 421-2009-1935
Available from: 2013-12-30 Created: 2013-12-30 Last updated: 2013-12-30

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