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Incendiary images: Visual reportage of Syria’s Civil War

Allan, Stuart ORCID: 2023. Incendiary images: Visual reportage of Syria’s Civil War. Mortensen, M. and McCrow-Young, A., eds. Social Media Images and Conflicts, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 47-62.

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This chapter addresses this volume’s overarching themes by examining professional and citizen-led visual reportage of the Syrian catastrophe from March 2011 onwards, paying particular attention to social media contexts. In pinpointing several formative developments consolidating over this period, this chapter assesses the relative affordances and limitations associated with a variety of initiatives – inclusive of news organisations’ networking of visible evidence gathering, to vernacular forms of folk image-making, to activist film collectives such as Abounaddara - intended to document the daily horrors of violence. Delving beneath broad assertions regarding the apparent ‘democratisation’ of digital war coverage, it tracks the provenance of still and video imagery produced from places otherwise inaccessible to Western camera lenses. In the course of evaluating such initiatives, this chapter endeavours to contribute to wider debates regarding the visualisation of war and conflict, showing how an analysis of the lived materialities of reportage opens-up fresh opportunities for critical understandings of alternate forms, practices and epistemes of truth-seeking.

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: 9781032010564
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 10:47

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