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Photojournalism and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan

Allan, Stuart ORCID: 2023. Photojournalism and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Allan, Stuart, ed. The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. 2nd edition, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 286-295.

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This chapter’s examination of the evolving dynamics of photo-reportage concerned with the US-led coalition’s invasion of Afghanistan war identifies and interrogates tensions in contrasting visual repertoires in its early months. In delving into the ‘mythological power’ of imagery – to borrow Kennicott’s (2021) phrase – I shall prioritise for elucidation the conditions of possibility and prohibition for photojournalistic evidence-seeking over this initial phase of the military campaign. In so doing, this chapter poses the question: To what extent is it possible to discern inscriptive relations of un/seeing in photojournalism, that is, habitual, taken-for-granted value affirmations – reportorial, moral and affective – inviting particular perceptions of conflict and its human consequences over and above alternatives?

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781032005850
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 10:45

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